2 thoughts on “Brexit and the future of farming

  1. The climate is changing. Beef and lamb have a carbon footprint 50x that of cereals, fruit and veg. The hill farmer said “if you get sheep off the hills there would be trees all over the place”. I see a win-win situation here…….. @JontyBloom @GeorgeMonbiot

  2. This is a very well constructed programme by teh BBC and, as you say, is well worth a listen. It highlights the fact that, when it comes to ag policy, we need to go beyond the economic considerations. Farming may account for less than 1% of GDP but it has a huge impact on the look and feel of the countryside (let’s not forget the social, the cultural and the natural). People need to really think about the kind of country they want to live in. There are a whole host of questions about who should be making this decision? In all likelihood, the people who will live with the consequences of change will have the details dictated to them through the tyranny of the majority.I found the part of this programme where they interviewed Norman sheep farmers particularly interesting – and I could see their point of view clearly.It’s a worrying time for all concerned. We should all be set for a bumpy ride in 2017!

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