Jeremy Clarkson has said people in the UK “don’t pay enough for their food” and prices should be double what they are.
The 62-year-old presenter, who bought a farm in Oxfordshire in 2008, made the comments while speaking about the difficulties of producing food.
The broadcaster’s efforts to run its farm have been documented for an Amazon Prime series, Clarkson’s Farm, which has received critical acclaim for its cinematography. It documents farm staff telling Clarkson when he is useless and charts the difficulties workers face during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The success of the series has led to visitors flocking to Clarkson’s Diddly Squat farm shop to purchase products such as “Cow Juice”, canola oil, chutneys and jams.
In an interview with the News Agents podcast, Clarkson told hosts Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel about his efforts to get pigs to mate.
“It’s soul-destroying, the amount of work,” he said. “I was out in sideways rain last week, really heavy, hard rain, trying to get one pig’s penis into another pig’s back, while Lisa, my friend, was trying to make another sow look like she mated was by rubbing her. back.
“And then someone is going to say, ‘How much for your bacon? Why are you asking so much?’ Because it costs a fortune to do it.
He told the presenters that working on a farm and taking care of pigs was “really hard work”. He said, “Lisa and I had to build all of them [the pigs’] pens so you’re out at night because it gets dark so early hammering fence posts and then stretching the barbed wire and fixing the electric fences so someone in Tesco can stand and go ‘Have you seen the price of these chops?’ Yes, and they should be more, they should be double what they are.
Clarkson added: “People just aren’t paying enough for their food. The one thing a government will never say, “Oh, you have to pay more for your food.” You are not paying enough.”
Maitlis, who joined the BBC in 2001 and presented Newsnight from 2006 until earlier this year, said: “So Jeremy Clarkson says prices need to go up?”
Clarkson replied, “Yes, they should. They would have to be double what they are, you know, to get out and do that kind of work.
He said the landscape looks “beautiful” because of the farmers. “If I didn’t do anything, it would be a giant 400-acre bramble,” he added.
On Thursday, Dave Ramsden, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, gave a speech at the Bank of England Watchers’ Conference about the uncertain and unpredictable British economy.
He said he was “sharply aware” that raising interest rates exacerbated the problems 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.