More could be done for countryside

Jacquie Shaw of the NMRN

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SUPERMARKETS need to do more to encourage better management the countryside, a pressure group has said.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has published its Vision for the Future of Farming and a landmark report on local food, and is also calling for support for local food producers, and the seven biggest supermarkets to pay farmers a fair price for the food they produce.

Ian Woodhurst, senior farming campaigner for CPRE, said: ‘Supermarkets have improved their environmental performance, particularly in terms of energy use.

‘But there are other areas where CPRE believes they could do more.’