CIEH welcomes Government focus on sustainable farming

30 November 2020, Ross Matthewman

CIEH has welcomed the publication of the UK Government’s roadmap for sustainable farming.

With the UK’s transition period with the EU set to end in a matter of weeks, the country will no longer be bound by the Bloc’s Common Agricultural Policy.

The roadmap highlights changes that will come into force over a period of seven years to help farmers adapt and plan for the future. The new system will centre on support that rewards farmers and land managers for sustainable farming practices.

The UK Government says that the changes are designed to ensure that by 2028, farmers in England can sustainably produce healthy food profitably without subsidy, whilst taking steps to improve the environment, improve animal health and welfare, and reduce carbon emissions.

These measures apply to England only, as, outside of the EU, each UK administration is responsible for developing agricultural policy suited to their own unique circumstances.

Gary McFarlane, CIEH Director, said:

“We are pleased that the Government is using this opportunity to focus on making the agriculture sector in England more sustainable. We would urge other administrations to also embed sustainability in future agriculture and food production.

This is vital as there is no doubt that our current food production model is fragile and serious questions are growing about the climate resilience of intensive agriculture.

Addressing this, alongside rebuilding our landscapes and habitats, should be a priority and we urge the UK Government to read the new report from the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission (FFCC) also published today called Farming Smarter

Going forwards, farmers need clarity, and appropriate resource, from government for a joined-up food and farming system, allowing them to transition to a more sustainable model with confidence.”

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