Let­ter of the week Farm­ers not to blame

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

THE prob­lem that I have with the State of Na­ture re­port (Town & Coun­try, Septem­ber 21) and its sub­se­quent in­ter­pre­ta­tion by many is the ‘easy an­swer’ ap­proach of blam­ing farm­ing prac­tice. I don’t doubt that this has been a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor; how­ever, farm­ers pro­duce what they are asked to, how they are asked to, as a re­sult of the in­ter­ac­tion of the mar­ket and govern­ment pol­icy. How­ever bizarre this process is, the re­spon­si­bil­ity ul­ti­mately comes back to the in­di­vid­ual voter and con­sumer.

What we have is a sys­tem of ‘high’ stan­dards with some com­pen­sa­tion through EU Com­mon Agri­cul­tural Pol­icy. But we have a pop­u­la­tion that largely buys food based on price, through a sup­ply chain where all the power is in the hands of large cor­po­ra­tions, whose first duty is to their share­hold­ers.

Many peo­ple are happy to see the cur­rent blame cul­ture per­pet­u­ated be­cause it hides what is ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing and means that peo­ple don’t have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own ac­tions. Dr Sean Beer, Dorset

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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