Brits with cleaner air, better food and stronger social ties say they don’t want to get back to normal before the lockout


According to a survey, only nine percent of Britons want to return to normal life after the foreclosure triggered by the coronavirus pandemic has ended.

The spread of the virus has led to some of the most dramatic interventions in the daily lives of people across the country since the Second World War, with people forced to stay at home except for exercise and essential purchases.

However, a YouGov suggests that many people see positives in the midst of the crisis.

Fifty-one percent of respondents said they noticed cleaner air, and 27 percent said they recognized more wildlife since the isolation started.

Forty percent said they have felt a stronger sense of belonging in their area since the virus closed, while 39% said they had more contact with friends and family.

The survey – commissioned by the Food, Agriculture and Countryside Commission (FFCC) and the Food Foundation’s charity – suggests that an overwhelming majority hope to see some personal and social change continue after the pandemic, with less than one in 10 wanting a full feedback on how things were before.

Some 42% of the 4,343 adults surveyed said they now value food more – one in ten sharing with a neighbor for the first time.

But while 9% said they felt fitter and 27% were more active, more than 36% said their physical activity had been reduced.

Professor Tom MacMillan of the Royal Agricultural University, and head of research for the commission, said: “These data show that there is a real appetite for change and for the nation to learn from this crisis. People try new things and notice differences, at home, in their work and in the communities. This is very apparent with regard to food, agriculture and the countryside, the issues on which the Commission is focusing, but also clearly in other areas.

“Along with the emergency response, it is important to track these changes in what we do and our collective mood, to help shape the type of country we want to be, including the way we want to feed ourselves, when we will recover from this situation. pandemic. “

This comes after survey results suggested that 1.5 million people in the UK have been hungry since the start of the epidemic, with a range of problems, including access to funds and an inability to obtain items in stores leading an increasing number of people to access food banks.

Anna Taylor, Executive Director of the Food Foundation, said: “The same survey that revealed this appetite for social change highlighted an alarming and worsening food insecurity crisis, with three million Britons suffering from hunger since the start of locking.

“These figures create an imperative to reshape the food system after Covid-19 so that it offers healthy diets for everyone, regardless of how much they earn. “


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