3rd March 2018
DEFRA: Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit
Last week saw the launch of ‘Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit’, the government’s consultation paper on the future of farming and the environment after the UK leaves the EU. This document heralds the most significant change for agriculture since the UK joined the EU. Read the document on GOV.UK.
The document sets out the overall direction of travel of future agricultural policy, while inviting views on how best to achieve it.
The ten-week consultation period will include a series of national and regional stakeholder events. It will be followed by an Agriculture Bill which will provide the necessary powers and authority to put the new policy into effect. The paper sets out a positive vision for the future with reforms designed to benefit farming, the environment and the taxpayer, building on the ambitions set out in the recent 25 Year Environment Plan and the Industrial Strategy.
ATF would like to encourage its supporters to respond to the online consultation Respond to Consultation Paper Here. The more people that highlight the multiple environmental and social benefits that Ancient, Veteran and Trees of Special Interest offer, the better ATF can get its messages across and improve protection of iconic, yet still vulnerable, organisms. The document and content are quite comprehensive: key headings are – ‘Public Money for Public Goods’; ‘Enhancing our Environment’; Protecting crop, tree, plant & bee health’; ‘Legislation’. Your support at such an important time could be significant.