European Perspective

Agra Europe influential blog on CAP.

Take a look at this blog for interesting and informed comment on CAP from Wyn Grant.

Some interesting links summarising the position on CAP Reform and on sustainable farming from the European perspective.

Recent Parliamentary debate (8th March 2012) on CAP reform.

CAP Reform Debate

 

CAP ReformAn overview of CAP and the current proposals for reform of support for the period 2014 to 2020.

CAP Reform Dossier

 

 

 

 

Can farming be made more intensive and produce more food without detriment to the environment ?

Can Intensive Farming be sustainable ?

Farming Past, Present & Future

Just up the road from our farm is a deserted medieval settlement which some of you will know, called Hutholes.  Thereon a small site are the clear stone outlines of half a dozen buildings, half of them dwellings, and the remainder small barns or stores.  

The National Park who manage the site have put up an information board with an artist's impression of Hutholes Man.  He is thought to have lived here in the 13th and 14th centuries - possibly a little earlier.  Hutholes Man is stocky, and hirsute.  He's whittling on a stick and tethered alongside him is a patient cow.  His house is not much bigger in floor area than one of the larger hut circles.  But it is rectangular and is clearly a transition towards the longhouse which will develop in the 15th and 16th centuries.  Between the man and his beast there is a small bonfire and the smoke is curling up through the turf roof.

Read more: Farming Past, Present & Future

Moorland Near Crisis

Professor Ian Mercer explains something of the history of our Dartmoor landscape and its essential relationship with agriculture. He goes on to show why the survival of traditional farming practice in the Uplands must not be allowed to fall by the wayside.

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