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A beautiful countryside to sustain us all through food and farming - CPRE manifesto briefing

Farming is the backbone of the countryside and influences the success of the rural economy as well as the landscape. We must value and protect the countryside for its role in supporting farming, tourism and innovative businesses, providing the food and resources we need.

This is a detailed briefing based on CPRE's manifesto for the 2015 General Election.

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CPRE's Vision for the future of farming

In our 2026 Vision for the Countryside CPRE looked to a brighter, better future. The role of farming in helping to deliver that future is critical. This vision sets out our aspirations for a farming system that, by 2026, our centenary year, will be helping to create a more vibrant countryside, environmentally, socially and economically.

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CPRE's Vision for the future of farming: Arable farming

Arable farming has changed enormously over the past 60 years and the size of arable farms has greatly increased, resulting in significant changes to the character of many of our landscapes. This is CPRE's analysis of the challenges facing arable farming, and our suggestions for a sustainable future for the sector.

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CPRE's Vision for the future of farming: Beef and sheep farming

Beef cattle and sheep farming helps maintain many of our most important wildlife habitats, as well as the character of our beautiful countryside. This is CPRE's analysis of the challenges facing beef and sheep farming, including our ideas to help secure its future as a profitable sector which continues to enhance landscapes.

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CPRE's Vision for the future of farming: Dairy farming

The number of dairy farms in the UK has declined dramatically over the last two decades, with a move towards larger farms and herds. Here, CPRE explore the options for reversing this trend and create a thriving dairy sector with benefits for local food webs and landscapes.

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CPRE's Vision for the future of farming: Horticulture

CPRE's Vision for the future of farming looks at the issues surrounding the horticulture sector, including the impact of polytunnels on the landscape and the challenge of getting seasonal, homegrown produce back on shelves and menus. We set out our ideas for reviving the sector to benefit independent producers and strengthen local food webs.

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CPRE's Vision for the future of farming: Pig and poultry farming

Intensive production of pork and chicken meat and eggs has highlighted a range of welfare and environmental concerns. Here, CPRE examines these concerns and sets out how the pig and poultry sector could benefit from higher animal welfare standards, and what needs to be done to provide more support for our farmers

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Crunch time for CAP

Choosing the right tools for a richer countryside

CPRE, as part of the Joint Links coalition of UK conservation bodies, believes that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should be radically reformed to bring about a revolution in the protection and enrichment of Europe’s landscapes and habitats. This report outlines the measures that need to be developed to help make farming more sustainable, humane and wildlife-friendly. By 2020 the CAP must be doing much more to restore and enhance our natural and historic landscapes, and making a bigger contribution towards meeting targets and commitments on biodiversity, climate change and natural resource protection.

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Food Webs

A report for CPRE by Caroline Cranbrook on local food networks in East Suffolk, which demonstrates the importance of local shops and services to rural communities. It reveals the complex web of interconnection between local producers and farmers and local shops.

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From field to fork: Birstall

This Birstall report is part of a wider project, Mapping Local Food Webs, which builds on the east Suffolk research. It aims to reveal the extent, nature and benefits of local food webs in other parts of England, to increase public and policy makers’ awareness of local food networks and identify ways to improve support for the production, supply and sale of local produce around England.

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