Last night, UK MPs voted against the House of Lords’ amendments to the Agriculture Bill, which were included to protect post-Brexit food standards.
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The letter was authored by Minette Batters, President of the NFU, and was signed by over 60 groups, including the Soil Association, British Poultry Council, RSPB, RSPCA, National trust, Greenpeace UK, the Food Ethics Council and the British Beef Association.
The recent Agriculture Bill will force thousands of farmers to leave agriculture and imperil rural environments, warns Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesman for environment, food and rural affairs.
Record high and low temperatures combined with prolonged drought in many parts of the country, will drive up costs to UK consumers by £45 million, predicts CEBR.
“As the consequences of a no-deal exit from the EU become ever clearer, it is vital that, to protect the interests of shoppers and consumers, the government must deliver a deal with the EU”: Ian Wright, FDF.
DEFRA has issued the guidance and has provided a package of financial and technical advice to help farmers reduce emissions.