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News: Warming impact of methane can be mitigated while farming cattle and sheep

New Oxford University research into the global warming impact of methane is critically important because of the impact it could have on future agricultural land use policy.  The key message is that because methane is a short-lived gas, we don't need to give up meat and dairy to stabilise global temperatures.  We can strongly support our rural economy while methane levels remain stable.  This will deliver a neutral impact on global warming.

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                  at Agriculture Bill CommitteeNews: Farmwel gives evidence to Agriculture Bill Committee

Farmwel was invited to the House of Commons to give evidence on farm animal welfare provisions in the Agriculture Bill to the Bill Committee, alongside the RSPCA and the British Veterinary Association.  Good farm animal welfare is an important end in itself.  But good welfare is also essential if we are to deliver in-the-round environmental progress. 

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News: Our proposals for farm animal welfare iceberg measures

Farmwel has been advising Defra ministers on the use of farm animal welfare metrics since mid-2017.  At the request of government, we have now submitted specific proposals for farm animal welfare iceberg measures.

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News: Ambition for the future – Bold proposals for agricultural land use and food production in a Green Brexit

Farmwel has published its new policy paper, 'Ambition for the future – Bold proposals for agricultural land use and food production in a Green Brexit', which was submitted as part of our Health and Harmony response.  It's includes seven bold policy proposals, and appendices outlining approaches to sustainability metrics.

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News: Method of slaughter labels will help drive improvements in farm animal welfare

Farmwel's proposal for method of slaughter labelling has been welcomed by the UK Government. As The Telegraph recently reported, 'George Eustice, the farming minister, has now given a clear indication that the Government will consider introducing labelling after the UK leaves the European Union.' 

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Strategic goals

Farmwel is working to generate momentum towards sustainable and accountable mainstream agriculture and aquaculture, focussing on the environment, people's livelihoods, and farm animal welfare.

Our work is supported by the expertise of FAI Farms, a globally respected Oxford-based farm consultancy which helps the food-sector overcome key challenges and implement better farming practices, on land and at sea.

We work alongside other organisations and networks to share ideas and help build consensus. 

Our vision

-  A prosperous, innovative, and resilient food industry
Restoring and balancing natural capital, so that our farm land continues to provide good food forever
High quality sustainable food, standards, and technologies that we can export proudly around the world

Brexit provides an opportunity to take back control of agricultural land use and food policy and to create a new model of farming excellence.  In repatriating our ambition we can deliver a fundamental change, transforming farming into a thriving industry that sets the global standard for high quality sustainable food production. 

Britain must set its sights high.  An industrial strategy for food production should aim to compete on excellence, improve return on investment, trim waste, and export high quality, intellectual property, and new technology.

Our challenge is to create a leadership model for the twenty first century, in which farmers thrive, citizens eat well, nature’s equilibrium is restored, and a dynamic market supports production and innovation.

Our vision is ambitious but realistic, based on the needs of the market, the expectations of British people, and the demands of the natural environment. 

Our strategic pillars
1.  Reducing greenhouse gas pollution
2.  Integration with biodiversity
3.  Feeding people well

Goals for secure and sustainable food
For all farmed food, on land or at sea

Farming families
-  All farms, on land or at sea, are profitable
-  A good life for all farm workers
-  A vibrant industry provides opportunities for new entrants

-  Diets are healthy and diverse
-  Farms contribute to community life and rural development
-  Every farm improves the climate resilience of its surrounding landscape

Farm animals and nature
-  No routine behavioural mutilations
-  Every farm animal has the freedom to express natural behaviour
-  Biodiversity is increasing on all farms
-  No routine use of antibiotics

-  Farms have healthy soil and clean water
-  Farms are net exporters of energy
-  Farms are waste and carbon neutral
-  Farms have good water management and are weather-resistant

-  Financial support is targeted to deliver sustainable food production
-  Legislation protects the welfare of all farm animals
-  Farm system labelling on all products
-  Outcome-based assessments are required as a route to market


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