Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Who said this?

"The purpose of agriculture is not just to produce the maximum amount of food, at the cheapest direct cost, employing the least number of people. The true purpose should be to produce a diversity of food, of a quality which respects human health, in a way which cares for the environment and which aims at maintaining employment at a level that ensures social stability in rural communities."

1. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
2. Tony Benn
3. David Miliband
4. Sir James Goldsmith
5. Ross Finnie
6. Barbara Ward and Rene Dubos
7. Nick Brown


Mark Wadsworth said...

I tried Googling it and it only linked back to here, so at a wild guess, I'll say Sir James Goldsmith.

Sackerson said...

In one! How we misjudge people.

Paddington said...

Bright man. The rich can only stay so in a modern tecnological society if the poor are not too poor, and there is stability.

hatfield girl said...

How did you choose your list? Best people among whom to hide the speaker? Inferred political stances of speaker?

It meets quite a lot of the criteria for the Common Agricultural Policy, decried as it is.

James Higham said...

Aw, the answer's been given. I truly was going to say that.

Sackerson said...

HG, I tried to find plausible suspects. The quote is from JG's 1993 book "The Trap" - a nail banged on the head with every sentence - read it!

Mark Wadsworth said...

S, I worked it by process of elimination.

'Social stability in rural communities' suggests the chap is a right winger, so that rules out Benn and Miliband.

HF-W may be a snob but he's not completely stuck up, so that's him out.

I'd never heard of 5, 6 or 7, so that's them out.

This left JG.

Now, he is known for being rich and enti-EU, so he's the last person you'd expect to be pontificating on this, but his son is also rich and a Greenie-snob, but funnily enough, keen to have an In-Out EU referendum, so my next assumption was that his and his father's politics are not that dissimilar, so that tipped the balance in favour of JG.

Sackerson said...

I need more practice in constructing quizzes.