Commenting ahead of the Second Reading of the Agriculture Bill in the House of Commons, Patrick Begg, the National Trust’s Outdoors and Natural Resources Director, said:
“The Agriculture Bill is a vital step in the right direction and sets a clear direction for policy which will support farmers to restore and sustain our natural environment. Without a vibrant, healthy natural environment, the future of food production is at serious risk.
“The National Trust has been clear that we need a move away from the current outdated and overcomplicated model that has not worked for farmers or nature.
“What is still missing is a firm commitment to long term funding and investment at a level at least as big as the current payments delivered through the CAP. This means at least £3bn per year over the long term to support farmers and land managers and enable them to fulfill their role as custodians of our most cherished landscapes and natural resources.
“Beyond the Bill, there are other key steps the Government needs to take to ensure we have access to safe, affordable and nutritious food after Brexit. These include delivering a favourable trade deal and maintaining high food standards for imports, and ensuring farmers receive a bigger share of the market price.”
The National Trust is proud to be part of Greener UK, a coalition of 13 environment and conservation organisations committed to achieving a green Brexit. Greener UK’s Second Reading briefing on the Bill can be found here