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Farming -UK Land Use and Production

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)   



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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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