The second seminar Land and Food seminar series was a great success with excellent contributions from both speakers and participants. Oli from the Ecological Land Co-op and Land Workers Alliance gave an overview of the difficult situation of small ecological farms in the UK and highlighted the systematic changes that are needed to transform the food system. Sinead of Aweside Farm shared her personal journey from aspiration to putting the dream into practice. This was not always a happy story and she was keen not to downplay the difficulties many face, especially those from working class backgrounds. Duncan from New Economics Foundation focused on the kind of land reform policies that would have a positive impact on more people gaining access to land for farming. He stressed the importance of reducing the price of land so that more people can afford to buy it. This would involve several buckets of policies: taxation, stopping land being a speculative asset, and capping the amount of land anyone can own unless they can show they are contributing to the common good.
The general message was : You cannot resolve the climate crisis and the food crisis we are now in without having a land solution.
Have a look at the youtube video which includes all the presentations and some of discussion.
Here is the podcast which includes the speakers and all the discussion. https://anchor.fm/peopleslandpolicy/episodes/Land-And-Food-in-the-UK-What-Role-Can-Land-Reform-Play-In-Reducing-Inequalities-in-Access-To-Land-es905d