The Open Food Network (OFN) has just launched in the UK and aims contribute to food sovereignty by supporting food producers and local food initiatives to thrive. We’re offering free support to Landworkers’ Alliance members to offer online direct sales to their customers. The Open Food Network aims to help producers and communities develop their local food enterprise by making it easy to offer online ordering to their customers. This could mean adding an online shop to an existing website,… (more…)
Are you a farmer, grower, agricultural worker, forester, fisher? Do you want to get involved in the European movement for food sovereignty? Do you want to go Cluj-Napoca, Romania on the 26-30 October 2016 to meet, socialise and strategise with 1000 other farmers and food sovereignty activists from around Europe? If so read more here…
The UK’s small-scale, ecological and family farms are at the heart of our rural culture and communities; they create employment, protect cherished landscapes and provide a huge amount of the food we eat. However, in the past, the UK’s farming strategies have undermined domestic production of healthy, affordable food and left many small farms unfairly disadvantaged in the market place.
The task of creating a post-Brexit ‘British Agricultural Policy’ that support producers, protects the environment and prioritizes access to healthy, nutritious food for all is a complex but essential one. It represents a great opportunity if the Government is ready to listen to the needs of all stakeholders and put in place a truly long-term plan for environmental, social and economic resilience.
In order to contribute to this debate, The Landworkers’ Alliance proposes 8 points that we believe must be integral to forthcoming policy. Over the next 6 months we will carry out an in-depth consultation among our members to draw up a more comprehensive policy proposal that addresses the needs of food producers in the UK. We will also work with other organizations to draw up a framework for a ‘Peoples’ Food Policy’ that can address the systemic inequalities and misguided policies currently afflicting the food and farming sectors.
Download ‘More Farmers, Better Food – A framework for British Agricultural Policy’ here:
It is with some concern that The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) looks forward at the possibilities for British food and agricultural policies post-Brexit. The task will require huge effort and ingenuity on behalf of political decision makers if it is to support producers, protect the environment and prioritize access to healthy, nutritious food for all.
As a national union of small-scale, traditional and family farmers, The Landworkers’ Alliance is determined to ensure that the voices of smaller-scale producers are included in post-Brexit policy.
Come one and all to the LWA Land Skills Day, held the day before the Green Scythe Fair on the same site.
The Landworkers’ Alliance will be hosting a variety of different workshops on land based skills throughout the day, and there will be music, food and a bar too…
Tickets for the event must be bought here and include workshops, lunch, dinner, music and entry to the Green Scythe Fair on the following day.
Below is a collection of resources and opinions that have been forwarded to The Landworkers’ Alliance in the lead up to the referendum, in no particular order. We would love to hear responses, debate, comment and opinion, as well as links to other resources you might have found. Please post them to our forum. Matt Lobley, Associate Professor in Rural Resource Management at the University of Exeter, shares his thoughts on the EU Referendum. The views expressed here are his own. Some… (more…)
The International Day of Peasant and Agrarian Struggle is remembered on April 17th each year, a day of solidarity to the struggle and persecution peasants and small scale farmers face around the world. April 17th 2016 marks 20 years since 19 peasant men and women were murdered by security forces in Brazil’s northern state of Para whilst demonstrating for agrarian reform. The victims were part of a demonstration of 1,500 landless men and women calling for the federal appropriation of a… (more…)
The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) hung a 7m banner over the entrance to the treasury today to highlight the continued sell off of publicly owned farmland and council housing under the Government’s austerity programme. The action took place as part of La Via Campesina’s ‘International day of Agrarian Struggle’ that will see co-ordinated actions across more than 70 countries highlighting threats to the livelihoods of 200 million ecological and family farmers worldwide.
The LWA’s action focussed on the 9,500 acres of publicly owned farmland and 219 working farms that have been sold by local councils since 2010 under pressure from the Government to raise capital and meet fiscal deficits. The sell off of the public farmland estate is part of £37bn of privatization sales made by George Osborne since 2010 under which public food and farming assets have been regarded as any other commodity to be bought and sold.
A huge thank you to everyone that participated in our recent Brexit survey. To summarise the results: 80% of members wish to remain in the EU Unsurprisingly, food and farming issues are important factors in people’s decision. Almost 50% of members feel that the Landworkers’ Alliance should stay neutral, but provide facts and challenge spin to help voters make their minds up. This formed a significant majority however it is worth noting that 31% of respondents felt the LWA should campaign to stay in… (more…)
In the upcoming EU Referendum The Landworkers’ Alliance want to act on behalf of our membership. Please Respond to this Quick Survey and help decide The Landworkers’ Alliance position on Brexit. Rebecca Laughton considers the impact leaving or staying in Europe would have on farming in the UK, with contributions from Ed Hamer and Lynne Davis Back in December, I attended a symposium organised by Tim Lang at City University entitled “UK, Food, Europe: in or out?”. Over the course of a day… (more…)