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According to data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), more women in the UK are choosing a career in farming and food than ever before. At present there are 23,000 female farmers in the UK, compared with hardly any a decade ago.
2012 saw a dramatic increase in the number of women farmers by 6,000. In contrast there was a decrease of men by 5,000 taking the total number to 119,000. There has also been a significant increase in the number of graduate students entering into the industry.
The figures suggest that women are seeing real opportunities in food and farming and 'carving out successful careers in the industry'.
Sarah Dawson, a Lincolnshire-based vegetable specialist and grower, and chairman of the NFU's horticulture and potato board, believes that post-1970s "the brawn necessary to produce crops and food has been replaced by brain. Increased mechanisation and automation has helped open up the whole food and farming industry as a very diverse career option with huge opportunities for everyone, regardless of sex. Inevitably this has made the industry much more accessible to women."
Read the article here: More UK women choosing farming careers
on 14 January 2013