Post-Brexit farming policy must include measures to tackle climate change

Post-Brexit farming policy must include measures to tackle climate change

February 2, 2018

Stroud MP David Drew has said that a post-Brexit farming policy must include measures to tackle climate change.

Mr Drew has signed a joint letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove calling for a ‘Green Brexit’ which makes climate change a priority for agriculture policy.

“Climate change is the key issue facing future generations and farmers and landowners have a key role to play in reducing carbon emissions, so it’s vital that any future financial support package for farmers includes support for them to make it easier to adopt greener practices,” said Mr Drew, who is also Labour’s shadow minister for farming, food and rural affairs.

He’s joined southwest MEPs Molly Scott Cato (Green party), Clare Moody (Labour) and Julie Girling (Independent Conservative) to sign the letter to Mr Gove.

The letter suggests farming practices which reduce climate change should be also be eligible for payments in any new financial support scheme.

“The discussions and negotiations over what should replace the current farm support arrangements under the Common Agricultural Policy, climate change mitigation activities should not be forgotten or marginalise,” they write.

The letter was co-ordinated by Gloucestershire Climate Action Network (GlosCAN).

Hugh Richards, chair of GlosCAN's Steering Group, said; “I am delighted that GlosCAN has been able to bring our most high-profile supporters to act together on this important issue, which seems to be getting very little attention at present.”

 

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