Eating Romantic England: The Foot And Mouth Epidemic And Its Consequences

  • Nicholas Roe


England in 2001. The “Foot and Mouth” epidemic leads to the slaughter of millions of animals.The farming community is in crisis, and disruption extends throughout the country. National Parks and National Trust properties are no-go areas. In Devonshire, “all moorland, public footpaths and bridleways” are closed to the public; in Cumbria, tourists are cautioned that they “should not . . . go onto farmland (including the high fells).”2 The tourist industry has slumped, and the Wordsworth Trust issues a circular, warning that “if footpaths on the hills are still closed [the annual Wordsworth Summer Conference] will have to do without the walks on the fells that were so much a part of the Wordsworths’ lives and have become so much a part of ours.”


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