The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) unequivocally supports the recent round of dairy blockades launched by Farmers For Action (FFA). The LWA membership includes a number of small-scale dairy producers who, although not directly supplying to supermarkets, have been indirectly affected by recent price cuts driven by pressure from the multiple retailers.
LWA’s dairy farmers are forced to compete on price with larger-scale producers in an effort to remain competitive at the farm gate. The 3p per litre price cut since June has hit smaller farmers who are unable to achieve the economies of scale that have helped to buffer the impact on larger producers.
“The UK has lost half of all its dairy farms since 2000 thanks to neo-liberal policies that benefit processors and supermarkets. We need a new Milk Marketing Board, or something like it, to stabilize milk prices at a level that gives dairy farmers a decent living.” Says Simon Fairlie, an LWA member who runs a micro-dairy in Dorset, “I support direct action. The original Milk Marketing Board was formed in 1933 after mass demonstrations by dairy farmers and that is the only way we will ever get justice today.”
The LWA is an official member of the international peasant farming movement La Via Campesina which represents 200 million small-scale producers around the world. We campaign for the rights of small-scale producers and lobby the UK government and European parliament for policies that support the infrastructure and markets central to our livelihoods.
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