In the first Chris’ Corner of 2021, Professor Chris Elliott takes a look at the complexities surrounding Neonicotinoids, and calls on the government to make the UK a world leader in ‘green pesticides’.
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EU payments will be withdrawn from 2021, with a new funding scheme, which rewards sustainable farming methods, set to replace them.
Farming representatives concerned that UK policy decisions are being made without consultation and urge Government to see farmers as the solution, not the enemy.
The President of the National Farmers Union has said that the the recent UK immigration policy fails to “recognise British food and farming’s needs.”
Should the UK be cutting its beef consumption to reduce gas emissions and tackle climate change? No, says the NFU.
The BMPA has issued a statement saying it would welcome a meeting involving everyone in the supply chain.
"Your concerns have been absolutely heard," Minister tells NFU delegates.
Numerous food associations have put forward a letter to the Environment Secretary detailing how consultations should be set back for review.
The report suggests that, should the nation be fed solely on British food from the beginning of the year, supplies would run bare by the 7th August.
The manifesto calls on Government to protect frictionless trade, ensure a continuing supply of labour and create a science-based regulatory system.
More than 44,000 responses have been received on the Government’s proposals for the future for food, farming and the environment after Brexit.
Farming’s growing contribution to the economy is further evidence that the sector needs to be properly valued by the government post-Brexit, the NFU said as the new total farming income figures were released.
Recently announced measures that will place heavy restrictions on the use of a controversial pesticide have divided opinions in the UK and Europe.
Only two weeks remain for farmers and food sector workers to have their say in a Government consultation on the future of British farming.