A stunt in 2014 highlighting the unfair advantages government policy gives to industrial food producers and calling for a level field for smaller scale farmers and growers.
Farmers and growers from the Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) held a choreographed football match between Family Farmers United & Agribusiness FC outside parliament. The publicity stunt took place alongside the UN’s World Food Day 2014, alongside coordinated actions taking place across six continents under the banner “Family Farming – Feeding the world and caring for the earth”.
The LWA is a coalition of producers across the UK who are fed up with the un-level state of the playing field between corporate and small-scale farming. Changes to agricultural policy, intensified under the coalition government, have resulted in unfair support and a skewed market that encourages production on large-scale industrial farms at the cost of smaller-scale alternatives.
“Policy under Owen Patterson is increasingly driven by the demands of big business and large landowners” says Dan Taylor from the LWA “We have seen clear examples of this with their recent decision to strip small farmers of entitlements to public support while at the same time refusing to limit payments to the country’s biggest industrial producers.”
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