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British Agricultural Policies for Britain

 
Britain’s Farming Structure is Unique……
 
The Radical- 
13th Jan 2017
 
…..and the systems traditional
 
Arable in the East and Grassland in the West
 
We grow cereal crops in the East and produce Livestock in the West
 
Animal feed and straw moves West
 
and Cattle for finishing and wintering move East
 
There is a North and South divide and a Lowland and Upland divide 
 
And if you are wondering why ?
 
It’s all according to the weather in farming.
 
It is not so much about free range as animal husbandry.
 
Some sheep are bred for a cold climate others for a wet one.
 
Cattle don’t like it wet and cold outside and neither does the land under foot,
 
so when the field becomes soaked the cattle need to come inside.
 
Traditionally Britain was family farmed
 
so size was kept to what the family could manage.
 
That has changed because of the economics.
 
The cows don’t shit fast enough for the increasing cost of production.
 
Crude maybe, but succinct.
 
Smaller Farms and Smallholdings have almost disappeared 
 
unless they are farmed as a hobby or starter farm
 
and have an income outside the land.
 
Family farms have shrunk and that has been painful for the family 
 
and the bad for the food business.
 
Those who want local home grown.
 
Farming today is specialised and on an intensive scale by necessity 
 
Markets are few and far between 
 
Movement of food and Livestock is greater than ever
 
and the cost to road haul it incresing.
 
So what to do about British Agriculture and Brexit ?
 
Only British Policies for British Agriculture will achieve British food supplies 
 
that meet the needs of the British consumer.
 
So I am advocating a reversal of fortunes.
 
Firstly
 
We must create a Ministry for Food, 
 
responsible for production to consumer
 
Home Grown, Exports and Imports
 
Why ? 
 
Because most food comes from farms and DEFRA has too wide a range
 
Farming is more than merely a “Rural Affair”
 
Secondly
 
We as a nation must reduce our food imports, 
 
The balance of payments deficit is unsustainable.
 
We must produce more Home Grown – under glass if necessary
 
And import less out of seasonal foods.
 
Thirdly
 
Create Rural homes and Smallholdings on a massive scale.
 
Not just more Urban sprawls
 
Give farmers planning permision to sell ? 10 acre plots with road access
 
I say 10 acre plots,
 
because some plots will need to be larger other can be smaller 
 
depending on what the land will carry  produce.
 
We need to get a greater number of people producing food locally
 
That includes protecting viable family farms
 
Fourthly
 
Support for food production comes in two parts 
 
1. Less favoured land needs more support
 
2 . Marketing Boards need bringing back –
be it Milk, Potatoes or Cereals 
 
Fifthly
 
Make the Consumers rights come first
 
Labelling
 
Control of the product at the production stage- Salt & Sugar 
 
Greater control of and regulation of those markets including supermarkets
 
Sixth
 
Take modern slavery out of the system
 
Be it Family Farmer -Farm worker or Migrant Labourer
 
Give better police protection to people and their property
 
Faming is a 24 hour day 7 day a week job
 
The whole system needs better protection and less exploitation.
 
Reverse the Council Farm sell off – Create more starter farms

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