chapter  6
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Mainstream Responses

As the problems generated by industrial agriculture and food production mount, so too does the public pressure for change. Initially, the reaction of those with most to lose was to downplay the evidence of environmental damage and dismiss the threat to food quality. Straight denial has now shifted to a grudging acceptance of the need for reform, not least because of the economic costs of maintaining present systems. Agricultural subsidies in the EC alone cost taxpayers £24.9 billion a year.1