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CPRE reaction to Our Future in the Land report

CPRE reaction to Our Future in the Land report Sam Knight/Unsplash

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) welcome a new report, published today (16 July) by the RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, which calls for a radical 10-year plan to transition to a sustainable food and farming system, in order to address the climate crisis.

Tom Fyans, Deputy Chief Executive at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), said:

‘This important report is absolutely right to call for a transformation of our agriculture sector by 2030, and put the countryside at the centre of the green economy.

‘We must, if we are to successfully tackle the enormous challenges posed by the climate emergency, take a strategic approach to how we manage and use our land. Putting the countryside front and centre of this strategy will enable us to work with nature to end farming’s contribution to the breakdown of our climate as well as mitigate the impacts, such as wild fires and flooding, that rising temperatures will bring.

‘The government must introduce policies and the right levels of funding that support a transition to agricultural practices, such as agroforestry, conservation agriculture and paludiculture. This will see us plant more trees, regenerate our soils and restore our peatlands, and thereby store carbon. Ambitious targets don’t do anything in themselves. Actions speak louder than words.’

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