28 May 1999
Charles backs family farms

By FWi staff

PRINCE CHARLES has spoken up for small family farmers, saying that they make an important contribution to the life of the nation.

“They provide food of the highest quality and are the backbone of what is left of rural culture,” he writes in the current edition of The Duchy Review, an annual report on the Duchy of Cornwall.

“They are also the most effective stewards of the land and the landscape through practising agriculture, not agri-industry.

“The contribution they make to the life of this nation is, as far as I am concerned, hugely undervalued and their loss would be quite simply a national tragedy.”