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CPRE welcomes NFU statement on the future of UK farming

13 October 2016

This week the National Farmers' Union (NFU) released a statement on its vision for the future of UK farming post-Brexit. 

Belinda Gordon, head of government and rural affairs at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) commented:

“CPRE welcomes the statement from the NFU, following the consultation with their members, that we need a farming sector that “delivers improved health, wealth and environment for the British people.” This, as well as the call for an ambitious vision, echoes the message in CPRE’s New Model Farming Report that farming is vital for delivering so many benefits for the public beyond just food, yet the current system, focused on ever increasing production, is not working effectively for the environment, for farmers or for rural communities.

"The NFU is right in identifying that the key is “protecting the environment alongside having access to safe, affordable, traceable home-grown food and for that we need to have competitive, profitable and progressive farming.” But we also need to recognise that a profitable farming system that is truly efficient over the long–term relies on many environmental assets, such as healthy soils, water availability and pollinators.

"We look forward to working with the NFU, Government and others to help develop policies that will deliver this ambitious vision, ensuring farming enhances the environmental assets on which the industry and the public depend; that the sector is dynamic and resilient, protecting and enhancing the diverse countryside which we all love.”

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