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Rural Economy

Land based Labour in decline

Report Segment: Labour Market

On labour and economics A View from Suffolk Food Hall Over the last 20 years employment on farms has significantly declined a 2000 acre farm for example might have employed 15 labourers whereas now that land will require just one skilled worker. At the same time global crop yields have grown substantially (by 115% between 1967 and 2007 according to the Beddington Report - Future-of-Food-and-Farming 2011). Diversification is not just about increasing profits and managing risk; it is also an excellent way of creating employment. New Suffolk Food Hall employs 55 people significantly more than are employed on the family farm.