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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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.