Sir, Edward Barker, in “The fate of British farming lies with the Treasury” (August 24), provides a balanced overview of the issue and makes important points about the wider benefits of farmed landscapes. But he is disingenuous when he says that consumers “used” to bear the costs that Common Agricultural Policy payments “remove”. Who does he think pays for the CAP, if not these same consumers?

Carl Tomlinson

Steeple Aston, Oxon, UK

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