Food Home Production Matters More – And Most Food Comes from Farms…
which have been around longer and been more successful than Political interference
JUST WHO IS ADVISING THE LABOUR PARTY ON FOOD AND FARMING THAT HAS PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE ?
29th May 2017
Is there an Anti Tory MP that has more about them than making Farming a “Rural Affair”?
For Farming is more than a “Rural Affair”
The present Labour incumbent in a Corbyn Shadow role,
of Environment Secretary and “Rural Affairs” is Sue Hayman MP for Wokington
who supported Owen Smith in the rerun of the Corbyn Candidacy in 2016.
How much she knows about sustainable food production is questionable,
but farmers can only respond to political masters decisions
and in most cases it is the politicians who have created policies
that damage the environment far more than the farming fraternity.
Sustainable production practices involve a variety of approaches.
Specific strategies must take into account topography,
soil characteristics, climate, pests, local availability
of inputs and the individual grower’s goals.
Socialist Farm Cooperatives failed as has the EU Common “Single” Market which is not Common.
Growers conditions for sustainable production are not “common”
but different in different parts of the globe and extremely challenging.
For a start it is all according to the weather.
Secondly the crop, when “finished” depends on the market conditions at that time.
In “fresh” food the producer is at the mercy of the market,
which must be taken out of the equation more
Only the Labour Government of 1945 managed to introduce
guaranteed prices and marketing boards.
These were hugely succesful until the greedy capitalist came along
and smashed up the system for personal not people’s gain.
And that my friend is the crux of the matter
Is Corbyn’s Labour, without one MP with farming experience,
except Cooper who once drove
a tractor, going to be able to put food before wild ?
For wild read environmentally “friendly”.
I say this because of the environmental oddballs that believe wild is natural,
when the rural and growers
community knows that the wild has to be managed
and managing it becomes very expensive.
Producing food is about exploiting nature, however you dress it up.
And lets just hope for a start that the massive promised housing contruction plan does not
involve taking anymore land out of food production without putting an equal amount back.
Whoops, I forgot, they are not making it any more, farmland I mean.
And Mr Corbyn, we have an enomous and UNSUSTAINABLE net food import deficit.
Our food Import bill is double what we export or consume.
And we simply must reverse that,
but is that what Labour means by its Unsustainable Rural Policy?
I have my doubts, unless it can co-opt some mentors
who do have agricultural economics
that will benefit the Many by the Few ?
Everyone plays a role in creating a sustainable food system.
A systems approach also implies interdisciplinary efforts in research and education. This requires not only the input of researchers from various disciplines, but also farmers, farmworkers, consumers, policymakers and others.
Making the transition to sustainable agriculture is a process.
Family economics and personal goals influence how fast or how far participants can go in the transition.
It is important to realize that each small decision can make a difference and contribute to advancing the entire system further on the “sustainable agriculture continuum.”
The key to moving forward is the will to take the next step.
Finally, it is important to point out that reaching toward the goal of sustainable agriculture is the responsibility of all participants in the system, including farmers, laborers, policymakers, researchers, retailers, and consumers.
Each group has its own part to play, its own unique contribution to make to strengthen the sustainable agriculture community.