Author is eager to promote grazing
Devotees of Exmoor have invited a food and farming writer to their annual meeting on Saturday to put the case for grazing rather than keeping livestock indoors.
Graham Harvey, author of The Killing Of The Countryside and The Forgiveness Of Nature is calling for a grassland renaissance.
He argues that British farming has turned its back on pasture farming even though grasslands have produced the country's finest food and many beautiful landscapes.
He said many farmers today choose not to graze their animals but shut them in sheds and feed them on grain and soya. As a result they are less healthy than they should be and our food is less nutritious.
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Graham believes that rather than threatening our future, pasture farming may be key to secure a sustainable food supply, as well as bringing further benefits to places like Exmoor.
Society chairman Rachel Thomas said: "Respected agricultural journalist Graham Harvey is right to argue the need for a grassland renaissance and to outline the benefits from pasture farming still found on Exmoor.
"Graham's talk will continue to highlight the society's campaign for the need to support hill farmers and enable them to make a livelihood from traditional farming practices.
"This is an opportune time to promote Graham's message as changes are being made in Brussels to the Common Agricultural Policy, and new agri-environmental schemes are being formulated in England.
"We must make sure that upland livestock farming practices on Exmoor, which are different from practices in the northern uplands, are not left out of schemes this time."
The society's annual meeting takes place on Saturday. Graham Harvey will be speaking at 2pm. The recommendations from the independent Woodland Report, commissioned by the Exmoor Society in partnership with others, will be revealed.
Visit www.exmoorsociety. org.uk/ or email info@exmoor society.com, or call 01398 323335 for further details.