Farmers’ groups across the board have been critical of the lack of planning from government and ongoing uncertainty which have followed the vote to Leave; the NFU, Tenant Farmers Association and a coalition of environment, public health and anti-poverty groups have all shared their visions for future policy since the vote, but ministers are still unclear on what post-Brexit agricultural support will look like, what the future will be for agri-environment schemes and what its policy priorities will be as the UK negotiates its withdrawal.
“The UK’s small-scale, ecological and family farms are at the heart of our rural culture and communities; they create employment, protect cherished landscapes and provide a huge amount of the food we eat. However, in the past, the UK’s farming strategies have undermined domestic production of healthy, affordable food and left many small farms unfairly disadvantaged in the market place,” say the Landowrkers Alliance.
The LWA is calling for a British Agricultural Policy which embodies the following principles:
- Focus on National Food Security
- Direct public money to affordable food and good farming
- End the discrimination against small farms
- Create and maintain decent jobs in farming
- Improve environmental and welfare standards
- Invest in farmer-led research for resilient solutions
- Build markets that work for farmers
- Democratize agricultural policy making
Read the full text of the LWA vision here