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Angry workers protest outside Oxford Farming Conference

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

By Philip Bowern, WMN Countryside Editor, Twitter: @wmorningnewsman

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Protesters from the Land Workers Alliance staged a demonstration at the entrance to the biggest official farming event of the year yesterday, complaining that modern farming methods were damaging the planet.

Around 50 people who work on the land – mostly on small farms – held up banners and attempted to talk to delegates heading for the Oxford Farming Conference where farming industry leaders, financiers and Government ministers will discuss the future of farming.

The protesters, under the heading “Not our Voice”, claimed the conference excluded farmers’ voices from agricultural debate.

“The cost of a ticket at over £300 makes it inaccessible for farmers on low incomes,” one of the demonstrators said. “Small scale, organic and agro-ecological producers represent a significant and growing proportion of our food economy but are excluded from this conference.

“The Opportunity Agriculture theme of the Oxford Farming Conference is sponsored by corporates including McDonalds and Syngenta. We believe that the corporate sponsorship and industrial methods of production endorsed by this conference put it at odds with a sustainable farming future for the UK.

“Without the voice of small scale famers discourse about farming is dominated by agri-business, landowners, industrial scale farmers and corporations.”

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  • Barri  |  January 07 2014, 12:19PM

    These workers are at the wrong Conference. The proper Conference, also in Oxford is called, The REAL Farming Conference. Please check-it out.

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  • brat673  |  January 07 2014, 12:05PM

    We don't want any party that goes for big companies money. Where in lies the seeds of corruption and the small man is pushed out. Party funds should come from members not companies! or from the taxpayer as a percentage of votes cast for them. Another reason to vote for UKIP.

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  • simonrtucker  |  January 07 2014, 10:55AM

    What do they expect? The Tories are not interested in people who cannot give them well-remunerated non-executive directorships.

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