By the time most people hit 65, they are thinking of giving up work and preparing for a life of leisure. But what if you've yet to start the job you were meant to do?
The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, marked his 65th birthday by slamming the U.K.'s big supermarket chains for squeezing farmers' incomes by taking "none of the risk."
To mark his birthday, the future king guest-edited Country Life, the 116-year-old weekly magazine for the U.K.'s landed gentry, and wrote an impassioned editorial about Britain's struggling farming industry, which he said was facing some of its "toughest challenges."
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"Small farmers find themselves in the iniquitous position of taking the biggest risk, often acting as the buffer for the retailer and consumer against all the economic uncertainties of producing food, but receiving the least return," he wrote on Wednesday.
"It cannot be right that a typical hill farmer earns just £12,600, with some surviving on as little as £8,000 a year, whilst the big retailers and their shareholders do so much better out of the deal, having taken none of the risk."
The comments were the prince's most outspoken criticism of the U.K.'s supermarkets to date. Britain's food retail is dominated by the four big players - Tesco (the U.K.'s largest retailer by sales), Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons. The British Retail Consortium, which represents these supermarkets, said retailers were confident their investment in the food chain meant a strong future for farmers, and that a "high proportion" of supermarket food would continue to be sources in the U.K.