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There is a rational argument that concentrating farming on fewer, more intensively farmed acres releases the rest of the land for rewilding and carbon sequestration.
Like the extinction of wildlife, skills which have helped people to sympathetically manage our landscape for centuries will be lost if they are not encouraged.
Riverford's petition urging the Government to curb supermarkets’ unfair treatment of farmers already has over 74,000 signatures. Despite this, the campaign has been met with a stony silence from supermarkets.
As the nights draw in, we are winding down into a brief hibernation, but fear not, we have big plans for the new year with a new editor at the helm.
Sat on my surfboard off Devon’s most southerly beach, I am struck by how much the use of the land above the cliffs has changed since my first visits here as a child.
Issue 12: Fairness and five years.
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