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The number of farms decreased by over 60% between 1915 and 2010, with the average farm size increasing from 14 to 33 hectares despite a 7% reduction in the total amount of land devoted to agriculture.

I think the numbers for Sweden are even more extreme. Since entering the EU thirty years ago, the number of active farmers has decreased a lot. I've heard 10% of the pre-EU numbers on some documentary bt when I now try to confirm I get bogged down in definitions. All sources agree on a rapid decline though.

There is probably many factors involved, but the big one is CAP bureaucracy. The framework is percieved as go big or lease out your land to someone who will. Something I find interesting is that 15% of land leased for farming in Sweden is leased for free, 44% in northern Sweden.

by fjallstrom on Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 09:35:01 AM EST
Anecdatum :
When I moved to a French valley in 1990, there were about 10 active peasant farmers, doing dairy and polyculture. When I left there was basically one, who leased most of the pastures of his retired neighbours.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 11:36:46 AM EST
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