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  Anger in the countryside
What is happening?
What is the Countryside Alliance?
Farming
Dying villages
Hunting with dogs
Ramblers and walkers

 
Farming
Changes in farming are the really big problem in the countryside.

Farm incomes have fallen by 70% since 1995. Many farmers have sold their land. Over 60% of farming households now do work outside agriculture get extra money. These are two of the reasons why.

Falling prices

Farmers get money from the European Union. The EU promises to buy all the food the farmers produce and gives them a minimum price.

The price is in Euros and Britain uses the pound. The Euro is not worth as many pounds as it used to be so the farmers have lost money.

Diseases

British farm animals have had two serious diseases. First there was BSE (mad cow) then foot-and-mouth. These put some shoppers off buying meat and made life difficult for people on farms.

Farmers got 1.3 billion compensation for animals that were slaughtered because of foot-and-mouth. There was no compensation for money lost when milk, wool and lambs could not be sold.


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