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It is a question successive governments have tried and failed to answer and, as time goes on, the cost to the farming industry and the taxpayer continues to mount.

An emotive and highly contentious issue, it has been exacerbated by a fiercely fought battle between industry and wildlife campaigners, often with farmers left caught in the crossfire.

And the politicisation of the debate, as highlighted in Charles Godfray’s review of the Government’s 25-year strategy published this week, has actually deflected from the issue at large.

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