co-operative farmsThe co-operative group is looking to sell its farm estate. A total of 50,000 acres of land which, if rushed through, will almost certainly mean that the land is bought by venture capital or pension funds, who would have no interest in managing the land using co-operative principles and sustainable techniques.

However, this sale represents a unique opportunity to make a major contribution to sustainable UK food production and help young new farmers to access land. We call on the co-operative group to delay the sales so that like-minded groups can have the opportunity to purchase the land and manage the farms according to the founding principles of the Co-operative movement.

The Co-operative Group board should allow time for initiatives to be planned and organised so that the co-operative management of the Co-op’s farmland can continue.

Sign a petition called on the Co-operative group to delay the sale here: