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Ploughing a Lone Furrow - Farming Policy Post-Brexit
Mon 20 March 2017, 10:00 – 13:00 GMT
Molly Scott Cato has commissioned two reports on Farming post-Brexit as it becomes clear the government lacks a vision for the future of agriculture. One report is by the Soil Association, the well-known food and farming charity; the other by Simon Fairlie of the Land Workers’ Alliance.
Both reports foresee a future where policies put soil health and biodiversity first, and where the way we use land helps tackle climate change. They agree that to achieve this, farmers will need to receive at least as much money as they currently get through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). However, they say direct payments based on land area should be scrapped and retargeted at paying farmers for the public benefits they provide. They also call for additional funding for advice, training, and farmer-led research and innovation.
Other more radical ideas from Simon Fairlie include a shift away from export markets so UK farmers can focus on meeting UK demands for food; 20% VAT on processed meat products, and ‘polluter pays’ labelling on food products which involve the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and GM materials. Meanwhile the Soil Association calls for a new national agroforestry strategy, a ban on the routine preventative use of antibiotics, and using procurement to drive demand for locally produced, especially organic, food.
This event will include a keynote speech by Dr Scott Cato MEP followed by an overview of the two reports by their respective authors, and contributions from an expert panel. However, possibly the most critical element will be four interactive workshops whereby participants will be able to feed back their own responses to the reports.
Each workshop will cover critical areas for the future of farming and food post-Brexit; Workshop 1 Climate friendly farming (including VAT on meat); Workshop 2 Chemical, habitats and wildlife; Workshop 3 Revitalising rural communities; Workshop 4 Markets, trade and competition.
NOTE; The workshops will run concurrently - to help with the event organisation please indicate your preferred workshop by choosing the ticket category with the appropriate workshop name.