Like most people, I'm passionate about supporting smaller family farms: they're the living backbone of our landscape, rural life and food culture. If only, then, it were as simple as supporting them with your purse power. But it isn't. Tuesday's online Guardian ran with a story about Vion (no, I'd never heard of them, either) that illustrates the sort of stuff that goes on behind the scenes that we generally never hear about, but which could affect the future of small farmers much more than you think.
03 May 2012 | 2 Comments
| Recommended by 7 Helen Browning:
Win, lose or draw, I said in my last post. Nothing could have quite prepared me for the WI's AGM yesterday in terms of outcome! For the first time in their history, WI members voted to - not vote. The WI still operates as a purely membership led body, which means any resolutions that come before the AGM are proposed by grassroots members - a bit like the old party conferences used to operate before the slightly more stage-managed events of today.
09 June 2011 | 4 Comments
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I’m speaking at the Women’s Institute AGM on Wednesday, in support of the motion: “This meeting abhors the practice of factory farming particularly large animals such as pigs and cows, and urges HM government to ensure planning permission is not granted for such projects.” So I spent the weekend polishing my speech, and reflecting on the issues raised by the motion. Speaking to the WI is both exciting and a little nerve-racking, and win lose or draw on the motion, I’m looking forward to the experience.
06 June 2011 | 5 Comments
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