LEAF says sustainable farming key to surviving credit crunch

Soaring prices for fuel and fertiliser have made the need for sustainable and eco-sensitive food production paramount, says a leading expert.

Caroline Drummond, chief executive of LEAF, Linking Environment and Farming, used her group's annual report last week to make the case for greener production.

"In a year when we saw unprecedented increases in fuel and fertiliser, the attention to detail demanded by an integrated farming approach has never been greater.

"Our message of efficiency with inputs, care for the environment and making a profit will see farmers through these fluctuating times."

She said last year's Open Farm Sunday, to promote a wider understanding of growing, encouraged 150,000 people to visit 400 farms.

LEAF was set up by farmers, environmentalists and consumers in 1991 to encourage sustainable food production and environmentally sound practices.

Chairman Tony Worth said LEAF could help producers through "the rapidly developing food scene, climate change and the credit crunch".

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