Futures Forum: Subsidies and social engineering: or why we build roads.
Futures Forum: Climate change: “The perverse farm subsidy regime” >>> "paying the agriculture industry to help the environment seems to be working."
Futures Forum: Brexit: and life after the Common Fisheries Policy >>> >>> or: food sovereignty and the commons
Futures Forum: Brexit: and the impact of the planning system on the countryside: from the Woodland Trust
Futures Forum: Brexit: and learning lessons from New Zealand
Futures Forum: Brexit: and free markets and New Zealand
Futures Forum: The New Zealand 'experiment' comes to an end with banning non-residents from buying housing
Here's a view from the Guardian from earlier this week:
Clean, green New Zealand is a lie – and a warning for Britain’s countryside Patrick BarkhamMichael Gove plans to cut farmers’ subsidies while enhancing the environment post-Brexit. New Zealand’s cattle-wrecked land shows the folly of his thinking
Monday 4 December 2017 18.06 GMT
here can’t be a more successful tourism marketing campaign than “100% Pure New Zealand”. And New Zealand is seen as a world leader in another respect: how its farmers sell their food globally without government subsidies. But the tension between these two successes has been exposed by Sir Tim Smit, the co-founder of the Eden Project in Cornwall.
Smit has sparked a minor international incident by declaring that New Zealand is “so pure the people of Christchurch won’t even swim in the river Avon. Most of the lakes are full of algae. It is like a beautiful person with cancer.” He was speaking to British landowners pondering the New Zealand model for post-Brexit agriculture. British farmers currently receive £3bn in subsidies each year; environment secretary Michael Gove must design a much smaller subsidy system – or scrap it altogether.
Smit argues that New Zealand is no inspiration despite its farmers surviving the removal of subsidies in 1984. Their response has been to intensify, and export milk to China.
...Clean, green New Zealand is a lie – and a warning for our post-Brexit countryside | Patrick Barkham | Opinion | The Guardian
And here are other views in the letters pages:
Brexit is a chance to save our small farms | Letters | Environment | The Guardian