Good Food, Good Farming March on October 15th

The Landworkers Alliance is calling for a march on Parliament as part of European-wide days of action. From the website:

Why are we mobilising?

Our governments aren’t doing enough to implement the kind of transition we urgently need in our food and farming systems. We need change, and we need it now. That’s why we’re bringing consumers, farmers, growers, youth, activists, change-makers and food system workers together to march in London and demand that policymakers take action.

Demands include:

  1. A legally enshrined right to food: so that everyone can access healthy, affordable and culturally-appropriate food
  2. Ambitious agricultural support policies: which support farms of all sizes in their transition to more sustainable farming practices
  3. Better livelihoods for farmers: through better regulated and fairer supply chains and markets
  4. Stand up for standards: international trade agreements that prioritise the welfare of farmers, animals, eaters and the environment in the UK and abroad
  5. Nature-friendly policies: for a major reduction of chemical pesticides and fertiliser use and to promote biodiversity, protect the environment and mitigate global warming
  6. Regulation of GMOs: to protect consumers, producers and the environment
  7. Fair income and decent working conditions: for all farmers, food producers and food system workers
  8. More support for young people entering farming: to rejuvenate the sector and revitalise rural areas
  9. More opportunities to grow and eat good food: through the provision of community spaces and education, especially in urban areas and marginalised communities
  10. Less but better meat and dairy: higher-quality livestock products which prioritise animal welfare, public health and the climate
  11. Boost domestic UK fruit and veg production: to meet everyone’s need for a healthy balanced diet and reduce reliance on imports
  12. Listen to the people: more participation of farmers, consumers and activists in political decision making.

These demands are ones we would largely support in the People’s Land Policy. However, we believe that without land reform and more systemic change, it will be very difficult to meet these demands. This is because the majority of agriculture will still be in the hands of the big farmers, often corporations and so-called green landowners such as the billionaire James Dyson. He made his money from inventions such as the bagless vacuum cleaner and is now investing in farming. (See: We need much more land to be under the control of organisations such as the Ecological Land Co-op and more county farms. It is not just a question of making farming more sustainable within the current landownership system. In order to have food justice, we also need social justice.

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