Today the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched a consultation on the future of farming – Health and harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit.
The consultation gives an indication of the Government’s current thinking on farming policy after Brexit, ahead of the Agriculture Bill, coming later this year. Defra has emphasised that the proposals in the consultation are “the beginning of a conversation, not a conclusion”.
In response, our Outdoors and Natural Resources Director, Patrick Begg said:
“Michael Gove has made an excellent job of developing the Government’s vision for farming and the environment. He’s rightly placed the emphasis on the restoration of our natural environment alongside securing a sustainable future for farming. But it’s important that the Agriculture Bill that follows sets out a long-term approach to funding that is sufficient to put the vision in practice”.
You can also read our joint response with partners at Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link) here. In it Dr Elaine King, Director of Link, applauds the Government for recognising that the environment must be at the heart of a thriving farming industry post-Brexit. Link are also pleased that this bold vision for our farming future takes on board many of our shared proposals. Dr King emphasises that to back-up this ambition we now need to see “funding based on robust costings, a targets-led approach and a timescale for moving to this commendable new vision for farming”.
We look forward to engaging with Defra during the consultation period and piloting phase, to play our part in finding a sustainable future for farming and land management.
More from us soon.