Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The case for small farms

The CPRE are the latest contributors to the debate on farm policy post Brexit and they make the case for the benefits of small farms: Uncertain harvest

The report highlights the declining number of smaller farms. It argues that farm size diversity is a crucial consideration as we move towards Brexit. 'It could help deliver the many public benefits that we need farming to provide and that public funding – and the market where possible – should foster and reward.'

There is a case to be considered here. Big farms generally get a poor press, although many of them make substantial efforts on environmental protection. Moreover, they are potentially more internationally competitive, not that that has ever been a big concern for the CAP.

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