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Collaborations Amongst Food Producers

By Amy - Posted on 23 July 2011

1) Farming is often regarded as a solitary form of work. The number one product produced in County Durham is red meat - both sheep and cow products. Meat marts appear to be important places for livestock farmers to socialise. Could a demise of 'meat marts' signal a loss of a community hub for farmers i.e. a loss of opportunities for co-operation and partnership? What factors are threatening our meat marts? Have online market places replaced them? What are the implications?

2) Are farmers becoming more independent? Would a more resilient food system feature more collaborations?

3) Are machinery rings increasing in popularity? How can we support them?