james36armstrong at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 2 16:00:10 BST 2012
“ Understanding the roots of agriculture in Britain is easy.
Britain has never within living memory, been self-sufficient in food
In 1973 when Britain joined
the EEC, we imported some 40 percent of
our food needs..
After thirty eight years of the most contorted, expensive, secret and anti-democratic
Working of the Common Agricultural
imports some forty per cent of its food requirements.
often at higher than world prices.
the process fortunes measured in £millions have accrued from CAP payments
a small number of agribusinesses and individuals measured in £milions each
and to multi-national
corporations in amounts (for one plc)
Jobs have been lost by agricultural workers in tens of thousands .
contributing to the decline of
rural communities, with shops closing,
and house prices soaring out of
Watercourses and the land, and
those living nearby have been poisoned by chemical fertilizers
and insecticides This CAP regime
has seen a disastrous decline in farmland birds and bees.
Successive reforms have long ago lost sight of the purpose of the
Which in any case was a
political expedient in post war Europe.
the changed circumstances of to-day, Britain’s foremost
need is for jobs.
least weak argument against abolishing CAP Is to ensure
that the seventyfive percent of the land of Britain which is claimed to be ‘farmed’
continues to yieldits most valuable crop – jobs- which enable
rural communities to thrive.
where in the bible is there an admonition to seek profits.
precept in Genesis ‘In the sweat of thy face shall you eat bread’,
Points agriculture in Britain in a new
direction for 2012 .
can help towards achieving a
hundred thousand more jobs in British agriculture”. James
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