Yesterday was such an amazing celebration of the lives of our three pigs, along with a celebration of farming and good food. This is one of the pork shoulders we slow cooked for 24 hours - I’m pleased to say that not a scrap of food was wasted! I overheard a radio program talking about metaphors a few days ago and how we use them more than we even realise. Much of the time they’re war or battle related. We talk about ‘bullet points’ that we prepare for meetings, already putting us into an aggressive stage of mind. Why can’t they be ‘seed points’ - ideas that can grow into something bigger and better! Research has recently been done with cancer patients by Marie Curie. A great deal of the phrases when it comes to cancer involve ‘fighting’, ‘battling’ and ‘beating’ it. This research is now showing that patients thinking and talking about their illness in this way have a lower recovery rate, because their cortisol levels are raised at the idea of battling and fighting themselves. I strongly believe we need to change the rhetoric around farming. Any of you who have read what I write will see that I try and be inclusive. I try and find the positives, create debate and spark conversation. These things don’t happen in the same way if you push negative messages, or dismiss certain ways of doing things such as choosing what to eat or how to live. Let’s get some positive conversations about farming going, let’s discuss the developments, innovations and success stories to create a whole new attitude towards this fundamental vocation and lifestyle.