Earthwatch’s Sustainable Agriculture team have been closely following the development of the governments Agriculture Bill over the past few months. In particular, we have been paying close attention to how the government will meet its ambition to protect and enhance the environment through provision of “public money for public goods” in agricultural landscapes; and honour its pledge that post-Brexit we will “not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards” in the UK.
Earthwatch are working hard to engage farmers, businesses and policy makers in approaches to fostering sustainable models of farming in the UK, and employing science based solutions to improve environmental outcomes and ensure that land management and farming practices promote soil health and biodiversity protection.
Last week Earthwatch joined a broad coalition of more than 60 major farming, environment, animal welfare and public health organisations in signing on to a letter to the Prime Minister to tie in with the passing of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill. The letter focused on ensuring the protection of animal welfare, environmental, hygiene, and food production standards as we leave the EU and enter new trade deals.
The letter garnered significant media attraction, including making the front page of the Daily Telegraph on Sunday 26th January, and we hope that our recommendations will be taken on board as the UK moves in post-Brexit trade negotiations.