The Co-operative Farms

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The Co-operative Farms
Type Industrial and Provident Society, business of a Consumer Co-operative
Industry Wholesale
Products Farmer
Parent The Co-operative Group

The Co-operative Farms is the trading name of Farmcare Limited, a subsidiary of The Co-operative Group.[1] It is the largest farmer in the United Kingdom.[2]

The Co-operative Group manages a total estate in excess of 70,000 acres (28,328 ha) throughout Great Britain, which it is committed to farming sustainably.[3] The first farm was acquired at Roden, Shropshire in 1896 in order to supply potatoes to local societies' stores.[4] By 1918, the then Co-operative Wholesale Society already farmed a total of 32,648 acres (13,212 ha) across England.[5]

Following the merger of CWS and Co-operative Retail Services in 2001, CWS Agriculture became known as Farmcare.[6] It was rebranded as The Co-operative Farms in 2007.

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  1. ^ Registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965, No. 28966R
  2. ^ UK'S BIGGEST FARMER PULLS PLUG ON GM TRIALS. FOE Demands Halt to "Unscientific" Tests Friends of the Earth, 30 March 1999
  3. ^ Benjamin, Alison Co-op bans eight pesticides after worldwide beehive collapse The Guardian, 28 January 2009
  4. ^ The foundations The Co-operative Farms (retrieved 21 August 2009)
  5. ^ The war years The Co-operative Farms (retrieved 21 August 2009)
  6. ^ Mutuals Public Register Financial Services Authority (retrieved 21 August 2009)

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