Recent UK parliamentary contributions, in the form of evidence submissions:
- House of Lords, EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee Brexit: Agriculture - Click here
- Efra Committee Inquiry, Brexit: Trade in food - Click here
- EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee, Brexit: farm animal welfare inquiry - Click here
- House of Lords report, Brexit: Farm Animal Welfare, referencing Farmwel - Click here
- Government response, referencing Farmwel's submission - Click here
- Defra Consultation CCTV in abattoirs - Click here
Our knowledge base
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. Our goals for secure and sustainable food are also supported by other important groups such as the Food Ethics Council.
Taking back control of farm and land use policy
The Common Agricultural Policy has arguably provided cheap food for the consumer, but at a high cost to the taxpayer and the citizen. European Union policy-makers, in failing to address the real costs associated with both production and production externalities, have built in a structural deficit in food prices and natural capital, which we must now take action to reduce.
Our departure from the EU provides the opportunity to reform land use and food policies. 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.
For Britain’s farmers economic growth and good ethical and environmental outcomes should be considered interdependent. In the short term, we must become more competitive. While greater inefficiencies will help cut waste, our farmers must also add value to basic food products. Ethical and environmental quality have become essential commodities for Britain to trade successfully at home and around the world.
This trade in ethical and environmental quality will also protect British food businesses in the medium term. We know that we’re approaching high risk thresholds in terms of biodiversity loss, soil quality, and carbon pollution. By adapting in a timely manner; investing as we grow, we can ensure that we have rich and robust food systems far into the future.
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