Farmers Guardian insight has an interesting little article on ‘who are the environmental lobby?’ I’d have thought that most farmers have noticed by now but you never know.
Apparently it’s not the Wildlife Trusts, Friends of the Earth, WWF-UK or Greenpeace – which will miff some of those not named. The environmental lobby is George Monbiot, Chris Packham, the RSPB and the National Trust, at least as far as farming is concerned. Not a bad selection.
These people are apparently some of the best-organised in the world and some of the most adept – well I guess it depends what you are used to, but it never does any harm to big up your adversaries (it looks so much better for you whether you win or lose if your foe was a fearsome creature).
Apparently the RSPB ‘claims’ to have over a million members rather than having them.
The NFU says that ‘The public also believes farmers play a beneficial role in improving the environment.’ which is probably true of what the public think and is sometimes true of what farmers do.
The insight that FGinsight offers is that environmentalists should be invited out to farms so that they can see all that good work.
This was all in a piece about the State of Nature report showing that intensive agriculture has had, and is having, a massive impact on wildlife.
Tim Breitmayer of the CLA kept saying yesterday, at the State of Nature launch, that farmers and landowners were very proud of what they have on their farms but didn’t really seem to get much beyond that point. Although when pressed on whether he would keep protection for species and habitats post-Brexit he looked uncomfortable and suggested that some species should lose their protection because they were a problem for other biodiversity. I wonder what he meant? All carnivores? All raptors?