Land use & production
A total of 76% of UK land is dedicated to agriculture.
During the last 30 years there have been
no major changes in the respective shares of arable land, grassland and rough grazing areas
in agricultural use
Source data: DEFRA (2011)
Source data: DEFRA (2011)
There has been a movement in production since the end of World War Two toward cereal
crops coinciding with a reduction in traditional crop rotations. These changes were in part
driven by the 1947 and 1957 agriculture acts. (see Agriculture in post war Britain)
The amount of tenanted land has decreased since 1997. This coincides with several local
Councils selling their tenanted farms.
Losses of agricultural Land
The total area of rural land lost to urban use between 1945-1990 was 705,000 hectares – an
area the size of Greater London, Berkshire, Herefordshire and Oxfordshire combined. The
loss of agricultural land to development is continuing with about 11,000 hectares developed
from 2001 – 2009 (Department for Communities and Local Government, 2011)
This loss of rural land may reduce the long-term capacity to produce food in an
environmentally sustainable way and compromise the ability of the countryside to produce
environmental goods, such as landscapes, natural habitats and tranquil areas.
Brownfield site awaiting development, Reading, UK
The government plans to build 4 400 000 homes by the year 2016, the Council for the
Protection of Rural England maintain that 75% of these could be built on previously
developed land. i.e. brownfield sites.
Pause for thought……Is the trend in movement of affluent people to the countryside and rural villages likely to
continue…..state 3 reasons for your answer?
From farm to consumer
UK agriculture has increased in efficiency of production owing to the increase in artificial inputs, farm size,
monoculture, genetics and ultimately output per person:
Source: DEFRA (2011)
CLICK HERE for DEFRA overview of the state of UK agriculture
Pause for thought….. Is it inevitable that UK production units will continue to get bigger and that the majority of the
farmed area in the UK will eventually all be under the control of agribusiness?
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