Post-Brexit agriculture policy focuses on soil, food security
A new agriculture bill has been brought to the UK parliament, setting out food and farming policies for after the UK leaves the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy. It includes support to help farmers preserve soil, a plan to regularly review food security in the UK, and paying farmers for purposes such as flood protection, climate mitigation or public access to the countryside.
The bill does not include a commitment to avoiding imports of food produced to lower standards of food safety, animal welfare or environmental sustainability than farmers in the UK will have to follow.
Read media coverage and reactions here:
- The Guardian: Food security plan after Brexit: biggest shake-up to farming in 40 years
- BBC News: Agriculture Bill: Soil at heart of UK farm grant revolution
- Channel 4 News: Rewilding Brexit Britain: the radical shake-up of Britain’s farming (video)
- The Wildlife Trusts: Agriculture Bill returns with positive focus for nature and climate
- National Farmers’ Union: Agriculture Bill reintroduced - hear from the President
- Central Association of Agricultural Valuers: Agriculture Bill is a monumental step
- Soil Association: Commitment to soil in Agriculture Bill
- The Conversation: Agriculture Bill: here’s what it means for farming and the environment after Brexit
Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.