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Leaving the EU is likely to lead to an increase in the number of
megafarms dominating the British countryside, campaigners and farmers
agree, with far-reaching effects for farms, consumers and those who live
in the countryside.
The huge intensive farms, in which as many as 1.7 million animals may be kept on a single holding, are an increasingly common, but controversial, feature of UK agriculture.
The pressures of Brexit on farming are likely to cause more farmers to
move to such facilities in order to lower the costs of meat production,
and may squeeze smaller more traditional farms out of the market,
potentially changing the UK’s landscape forever.
Chickens have become the focus of concerns over the effects of Brexit, with a row over whether the UK should import chlorinated chicken
from the US, and chicken farming is likely to be the first to expand.
Richard Griffiths, chief executive of the British Poultry Council, said:
“The poultry meat industry is the only livestock sector that is capable
of quickly scaling up production to meet growing demand and support
increased self-sufficiency [post-Brexit]. Large-scale farming done to a
high standard is a national asset. A secure post-Brexit deal must be
about Britain’s future food security and safety.”.......
..............Claire Bass, UK executive director of Humane Society International (HSI),
one of the world’s biggest animal protection charities, said British
farmers would be more likely to intensify their farming to compete on
price in post-Brexit trade deals. “A Brexit-fuelled acceleration in
megafarms would be terrible news for people, the environment and, of
course, animals. These intensive farms are also extremely harmful to the
environment, causing serious damage through ammonia emissions and water