Graham Harvey has since written on food and farming for a wide range of publications including The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, New Scientist, and Country Life. For three years he wrote the Old Muckspreader column in Private Eye.
He is best known for his work on the BBC Radio 4 series The Archers. He joined the script-writing team in the mid-1980s since when he has written more than 600 episodes. He is currently the programme’s Agricultural Advisor, responsible for developing the farming and rural storylines. For TV he has written episodes of The Bill and the space series Jupiter Moon. He has also written a number of stage plays, mostly on rural themes. They include The Shearing Gang, the story of young people from a rural community in crisis, and The Darkness of the Sun, about the West Country writer Henry Williamson.
His first book, The Killing of the Countryside, was published to critical acclaim in 1997, and was winner of the BP Natural World Book Prize. This was followed by The Forgiveness of Nature, a study of the part grassland has played in the life and culture of Britain and We Want Real Food. His most recent book – Grass Fed Nation – was published in 2016. He is co-founder of the country’s leading conference on ecological agriculture – the Oxford Real Farming Conference. His new stage play, No Finer Life, the story of farmer and author George Henderson (The Farming Ladder) tours nationwide from March 2017.