Defra future farming consultation: Environment Agency response

Priorities for the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit.


Environment Agency response document: Future farming consultation

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Defra have consulted on the future of policy for farming and the environment in England once we leave the European Union. See the full Defra consultation document. This consultation provides a once in a generation opportunity to inform the shape of future policy.

The Environment Agency welcomes the ambition set out in this consultation paper and the opportunities which come with a new approach to our food and farming sector.

To seek the right change for the agriculture sector and the environment, the Environment Agency would like to outline 8 key priorities towards ensuring a more sustainable future:

  • protection of environmental standards in future trade agreements
  • clear environmental baseline standards ingrained in regulation
  • public funding to farmers should be conditional on ensuring these baseline regulatory conditions are met
  • public funding should be for ‘public goods’
  • a new approach to calculating farm payments for environmental delivery which represents the value the public receives
  • larger scale and longer term thinking in delivering environmental schemes
  • broadening of the funding base to increase the longer term security of environmental land management measures
  • an agri-food supply chain which takes greater ownership for ensuring that environmental standards are achieved
Published 8 May 2018