Why farming matters
Just as you depend on the UK's farmland for the food you eat every day, so does much of our wildlife.
The importance of farming in the UK
With around 75 per cent of the UK farmed, you can easily see what a huge influence farming has on nature.
In the post-war era, farming policy encouraged food production above all else, sadly often at the expense of wildlife. The UK now has some of the most sophisticated and productive farming in the world, and food shortages are thankfully a thing of the past.
But over the decades an unintended effect has been a reduction in other countryside qualities which we need and value - wildlife, landscape character, and water and soil quality.
Many farmers are leading the way to address this, showing it's possible to farm in a way which meets our food needs, gives nature a home and supports a diverse and thriving environment.
We think this should be how all food is produced, with farming which is good for people, farmers and nature. Help us change our food system to one which supports a countryside full of birds and other wildlife, which produces all the food we need.
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