378: Differentiation - farming: crisis and market failure

Sir Stuart Hampson President of the Royal Agricultural Society of England and Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, which includes the Waitrose chain of supermarkets, has commissioned an independent report on farming and food.

Year of Publication2006

Drastic restructuring of agriculture risks triggering huge economic, environmental and social change. Once farmers go out of business the skills they have go with them and will be difficult to replace. Not much UK farming can compete with global prices and differentiation will allow them to set their produce apart from imported alternatives. Issues food miles will help differentiation.

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