Prince Charles calls for 'global cooperative' of small farms

Writing to The Guardian, the Prince of Wales has stated his idea of small farmers collaborating with a greater focus on combatting climate change amid an increasingly uncertain time for their businesses. Prince Charles said that, to that end, small farms in the UK and across world should form a 'global cooperative' committed to producing food to high standards.

His statements come as small, family-run farms in the UK are getting ready for the loss of EU subsidies and controversial post-Brexit trade deals that might undercut them. Overall, a fifth of English farms have disappeared in the past ten years, but according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the rate is fastest amongst the smallest farms. Almost a third of farms under 50 hectares disappeared between 2005 and 2015, its 2017 report showed.

Still, Prince Charles told The Guardian that small farmers could 'come together' to form a 'global cooperative' which had high production standards at its heart. quoted him as saying: "With the skills of ethical entrepreneurs and a determination from the farmers to make it work, I would like to think it could provide a very real and hopeful future. To me, it is essential the contribution of the small-scale family farmer is properly recognized – they must be a key part in any fair, inclusive, equitable and just transition to a sustainable future. To do this, we must ensure that Britain’s family farmers have the tools and the confidence to meet the rapid transition to regenerative farming systems that our planet demands."

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