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"FARM was launched in November 2002, following a year of discussion between the participating farmers, campaigners and other supporters during which the role for FARM was gradually refined and developed.

"The backdrop to this year of discussion was dominated by the Foot and Mouth disease epidemic, which filled news items both in the press and on television. During this period an unprecedented number of farmers contacted Zac Goldsmith (who was at the time editor of The Ecologist Magazine), and from their letters it was clear that a significant section of the farming community felt that generations of their farming heritage were being sacrificed by a government that seemed to understand little about farming and at best seemed indifferent about its future..." [1]



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  1. Started, FARM, accessed January 12, 2011.