The rural economies in many areas of the UK have undergone deep structural changes in recent years which have resulted in the disappearance of many traditional agriculture supply chain business and the arrival or emergence of an eclectic range of new businesses and activities. It is difficult to track these changes, in part because of problems in defining “rural” and in part because of poor data coverage of small businesses. Policy has often amounted to little more than “rural proofing” policies largely conceived with urban areas in mind. It is very likely that further significant changes will occur over the next few years associated with new technologies and the impact of demographic and resource scarcity factors on commodity markets at the global level. New challenges will face authorities and policy makers and a new set of metrics will be needed to gui
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