Environmentalist slams Lake District sheep farming

George Monbiot claims that sheep farming is an 'ecological disaster'. Cumbrian farmers have met with the environmentalist but were unconvinced by his findings.

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Sheep farming has turned the Lake District into an 'ecological disaster area'

An environmentalist who claims that sheep are destroying the Lake District fells has been meeting the Cumbrian farmers, he says are to blame.

George Monbiot is well known nationally as an outspoken critic of farming practices but he agreed to meet farmers near Penrith to discuss what can be done to protect the landscape.

Fiona Marley-Paterson was there to see what happened.

Author agrees to meet farmers after controversial comments

An environmentalist who says sheep farming wrecks the fells met with Cumbrian hill farmers.

George Monbiot wrote in his book that sheep farming is ‘a slow-burning ecological disaster’ that ‘has done more damage to the living systems of this country than either climate change or industrial pollution'.

He met the Cumbria Commoners and Cumbria Young Commoners in Newton Rigg but they disagreed with his findings.

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