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CLA South East is kicking 2020 off with a free debate on the Isle of Wight, exploring whether farming can be both financially and environmentally sustainable.

The debate will be held on Wednesday 29th January from 18:00 to 20:30 at The Garlic Farm, supported by BCM.

The evening has a theme of ‘Food versus the environment: Can we farm profitably in harmony with nature?’, examining the challenges farmers and landowners face in balancing food production with environmental considerations.

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CLA South East represents farmers, landowners and rural businesses across the Isle of Wight.

Regional Director Michael Valenzia said:

“Farming and agriculture are the bedrock of the rural economy on the island, and they address some of the big challenges facing us such as feeding a growing population, tackling climate change and restoring the natural environment.

“With the proposed Agriculture and Environment Bills currently delayed, what should farmers be doing to plan for the future?

“How will any post-Brexit trade deals affect our food and the environment, and how can our world-leading welfare standards be protected?

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“These questions and more will be covered during the debate, and we look forward to what will be a very interesting evening.”

The speaker panel is Harry Greenfield, Senior Land Use Policy Adviser at the CLA; Jamie Marsh, reserves manager at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust; Vix Lowthion of the Green Party; and Nick Shorter, CLA member from Velcourt.

The chair is James Attrill, President of the CLA Isle of Wight Branch.

The evening will conclude with a drinks reception and canapés.

It is free to attend with donations to the CLA Charitable Trust (charity number: 280264).

All places must be booked in advance via https://portal.clahosting.org.uk/MY-CLA/Events/Event-Details/eventDateId/3384

For more information about the CLA and its work, visit www.cla.org.uk/your-area/south-east/regional-news and follow @CLASouthEast on Twitter.

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Az-zahra Aziz
Az-zahra Aziz

The UK COULD have farmed friendly, BEFORE Governments found a new way of reviving the old slave trade. Instead of forcing third world countries people here, they encourage them by giving a free home, cheap rent and council tax and payment every time they reproduce, and how.

This lowers wages paid to all, due to supply and demand of labour, yet pushes up rents for all too, again due to more bodies arriving than homes being built.

Thus HMG and it’s business and property owning family, friends and ilk, gain, whereas, like the bad old days of real slavery, the working people ‘then’ have to compete with those willing to work for less, being used to a lower standard of living.

Bad enough, but then we have to subsidise the low wages paid via stealth taxes which fund their heavily subsidised rent and council tax too.

Thus with so many more people here, ‘friendly farming’ is now impossible if all still want to go to bed with a full stomach.

Less people, ie the British who had ONLY 2.4 children on ave, it may have ‘worked’ but impossible now, as we are getting bred into third world rates.

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