A dairy farmer writes:
Without a shadow of a doubt, the corporate-political nexus is definitely paving the way for factory farming.
The claim of corporate responsibility is a sham. It means nothing and is entirely dishonest.
Anything and everything is being used to beat family farmers and the small producer over the head, and producers who are encouraged to invest are being led into a dangerous trap.
Government promises of scrapping of quangos and regulations were meaningless and once a token gesture was accepted the quangos have gone into overdrive to help satisfy the pincer-like hold the corporates have over the family farmers and small to medium sized producers.
It is no coincidence there are 15% less farmers on supermarket aligned contracts in the last year and one by one dedicated contracts will be quietly dropped.
We are in the grip of large corporate retailers and two large foreign processors who, by stealth, are gradually forcing efficient small and medium sized producers out of business or trapping them into slavery by encouraging fruitless investment.