Farmer Jeremy Clarkson says people don’t pay enough for food in the food and drink industry

Jeremy Clarkson said that people in the UK “don’t pay enough for their food” and that prices should be double what they are.

The 62-year-old broadcaster, who bought the Oxfordshire farm in 2008, made the comments while talking about the difficulties in producing the food.

The broadcaster’s efforts to run his farm have been documented for the Amazon Prime series, Clarkson’s Farm, which has won acclaim for its cinematography. It documents farm workers telling Clarkson when he’s useless and charts the hardships workers faced during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The success of the series encouraged visitors to flock to Clarkson’s Diddly Squat farm shop to purchase products such as “Cow Juice”, rapeseed oil, sauces and jams.

In an interview with the News Agents podcast, Clarkson told presenters Emily Maitlis and John Sobell about his efforts to get pigs to mate.

He said: “It destroys the soul, the amount of work.” “I was out last week in a sideways, very heavy rain, trying to insert a pig’s penis up another pig’s ass, while my friend Lisa was trying to give the impression that she was mating by rubbing her back.

And then someone would go: ‘How much is the bacon? Why do you charge so much? Because doing so costs a fortune.”

He told the presenters that working on a farm and taking care of the pigs was “really hard work”. He said: “Lisa and I had to build everything they had [the pigs’] Pens, so you’re out at night, because it’s getting dark early, knocking on the fence and then stretching barbed wire along and mending the electric fences, so someone can stand up at Tesco and go: ‘Did you see the price of these pork chops?’ Yes, and they should be more, they should be twice as much as they are.

Clarkson added, “People simply don’t pay enough for their food. The one thing the government will never say is, ‘Oh, you have to pay more for your food.’ You’re not paying enough.”

“So Jeremy Clarkson says prices have to go up?” said Maitlis, who joined the BBC in 2001 and presented Newsnight from 2006 until earlier this year.

Clarkson replied, “Yeah, they have to. They have to be twice as strong as they are, you know, to go out and do that kind of work.”

He said that the countryside looks “beautiful” because of the peasants. He added, “If I do nothing, it will be a giant 1,000-acre bush.”

On Thursday, Dave Ramsden, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, delivered a speech on the uncertain and unpredictable British economy at the Bank of England Watchers Conference.

He said he was “fully aware” that raising interest rates added to the hardships faced by millions of households and businesses amid the cost of living crisis.

Clarkson’s full interview on the News Agents podcast is available on Global Player.

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