2013. Farming and Society

Farming and Society

In the past, farming’s role in society was clearly understood and appreciated. It would never have occurred to ask: ‘what is the value of farming?’. By the 1970s and 1980s, however, as the full effects of post-war agricultural intensification emerged, public attitudes to farming became increasingly determined by its impacts on the environment, animal welfare, the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) budget and food surpluses. As a result, farmers felt increasingly marginalised.

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