8 August 2015

enismirdal: (main draggy)
I was at a conference a few months back and talking to someone (American/Greek nationality, I think) who was ruing the disconnect between people today and the source of their food. She asked a group of us how many generations removed we all are from our last family member in farming. This was an international group, and most people seemed to be 2-3 generations away. The lady who asked, having Greek family, is much closer - I think only a generation or so. Greece still has a strong culture of family smallholdings, even if that's not the main income stream.

I realised I was unaware of anyone in my family who had been a farmer in the last 100 years. Although I've had fishermen more recently, on my mother's side. Apparently that counts. I think that's probably about 3 generations (great grandparents) perhaps.

So...scientific LJ poll. To the best of your knowledge, how far away is your closest relative/ancestor in a primary industry? Farming, fishing and forestry all count, plus anything else reasonably of that ilk (not urban beekeeping, that's cheating!).

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