UK: British farming "unsustainable" - subsidies due for overhaul, says new report
The long-awaited report from the UK Policy Commission on the Future of Food and Farming was launched this morning. It calls for a large-scale redirecting of agricultural subsidies from the European Union. The Commission is headed up by Sir Don Curry, past chairman of the Meat and Livestock Commission. Curry and his team were asked to "advise the Government on how we can create a sustainable, competitive and diverse farming and food sector which contributes to a thriving and sustainable rural economy and advances environmental, economic, health and animal welfare goals". It was timed to offer guidance to farmers hit by foot and mouth who are wondering whether to sell up and exit farming.
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