How do we grow community-supported agriculture?

At the moment, if you farm less than 5 hectares, you don’t get any subsidies

With Maresa Bossano, co-ordinator, UK CSA Network.

Highlights:

  • At the moment, if you farm less than 5 hectares, you don’t get any subsidies. Most of our members have less than 5 hectares, and so don’t get anything. Subsidies should be shifted from industrial agriculture to organic smallholders. Most subsidies go to the richest farmers, who a) don’t need the money, and b) often are using the land for horses, rather than for growing food.
  • Locally-produced organic fruit & veg from CSA is usually cheaper than the equivalent from supermarkets. At some times of year, if there’s a glut of courgettes, say, then it can be very cheap – cheaper than supermarket non-organic.

Read our LowImpact Community Supported Agriculture topic introduction.

Transcript on LowImpact.org

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