Call for clarity over impact of Brexit
The National Farmers’ Union has called for clear and accurate answers from the Government about what a Brexit would mean for UK agriculture. Farmers and landowners say they are being ‘kept in the dark’ over the likely impact of a British exit. Defra secretary Liz Truss has admitted her department has ‘No Plan B’ for the farming industry if the UK votes to leave the EU.
One in five dairy farms under threat
One in five dairy farms in the UK could be forced to close this year as farmers’ debt reaches crisis levels, it is claimed. The Royal Association of Dairy Farmers says farms are currently closing at the rate of around five a week, and this is expected to rise. Farmers are being paid as little as 19p for a litre of milk, which costs 28p to produce, so they are operating at a loss, according to the National Farmers’ Union.
Boost for organic food
A new study shows that organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than non- organic. The nutritional differences also apply to organic dairy products. The study led by Newcastle University and an international team of experts was published in the British Journal of Nutrition.