Farming for Nature

19th July 2018

Geoffrey Cox QC, Member of Parliament for Torridge & West Devon is backing calls from environment charities, farmers and activists to get balanced measures that support farming and nature included in the forthcoming Agriculture Bill.

On Wednesday 27 June, Mr Cox joined farmers and NGOs to celebrate sustainable farming across the UK at a Farmers’ Market event in Parliament, organised by the environmental coalitions Wildlife and Countryside Link and Greener UK. The coalitions include organisations such as RSPB, National Trust, WWF and RSPCA.

The ‘market’ showcased nature friendly UK farming produce, explored the reasons why it is essential for the environment to thrive if farming is to do the same, and demonstrated consensus on the need for a strong Agriculture Bill which enables us to use public money to both help farmers and enhance and protect the environment. 

Earlier in the week, Mr Cox participated in a Westminster Hall debate on the future of upland farming following our withdrawal from the European Union. During the course of the debate, Mr Cox impressed upon the Farming Minister the concerns of local farmers and urged him to consider the Dartmoor Farming Futures initiative which he commended as a ‘model scheme’ ahead of the Agriculture Bill being introduced to the House of Commons.

Following his discussion with farmers and activists at the event Mr Cox said:

“Our environment, plants, wildlife and farming are inextricably linked. Farming can’t be successful without the natural resources it relies on, and nature is dependent on the stewardship of farmers, who occupy so much of the treasured landscape in our region and throughout the country.

That’s why I’m backing calls to put measures in the Agriculture Bill that will allow them to work in harmony and enable both to survive and thrive.”

The Agriculture Bill is expected to progress through Parliament imminently. In February the Government announced a consultation on radical recommendations to change farming policy and make it more environmentally friendly and sustainable – including putting improving nature at the heart of farming subsidies. The challenge now is for the Agriculture Bill to make this vision a reality.

Geoffrey Cox QC backs farming and nature at Parliamentary Farmers Market

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