An influential addition to the list of voices speaking out against intensive dairy farming, such as Nocton Dairies’ proposed mega dairy, has come in the form of HRH Prince Charles.
Addressing producers, ministers and farming leaders at the Farmers Weekly award ceremony last week, the Prince of Wales said that small family farms rather than large-scale enterprises were integral to the future of British agriculture.
Factories are not farms
Prince Charles said the countryside was not an industrial production line and expressed concern over producers moving towards ever-larger units.
"I shudder when I hear ever-larger farms described as units," he said. "That is the language of the factory and that cannot be the right direction for British agriculture.
"We must resist the temptation to describe farming as an industry and prevent the words turning into reality, because agriculture is exactly that - it is about the land and the culture that those who work on it create, as much as it is about producing food."
The Prince said the way food was produced mattered as much as rural communities and biodiversity. "These are characteristics that do not fit in an industrialised landscape, but they matter to an increasing number of consumers, the long-term wellbeing of this country and its ability to sustain future generations."
Sounds to WSPA like that’s a big, royal “not in my cuppa” to Nocton Dairies!
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The decisions we make now, will be with us for decades to come and potentially irreversible – you only need to look at the US to see what we have in store for our dairy farming future.
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