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Post-Brexit farming support to be based on public goods

The government has proposed a new agricultural subsidy system that will see payments based on the provision of public goods rather than the amount of land farmed. The current system of support for farmers and landowners shaped by the Common Agricultural Policy is “inefficient and inequitable”, the government said. Under the new post-Brexit system, farmers…
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Food chains join forces to cut sugar

Some of the high street’s biggest food chains have signed up to a series of new health targets including a 20% reduction in sugar by 2020. The alliance, which includes Caffè Nero, Costa, Greggs, McDonald’s and Mitchells & Butlers, has created a new code of practice with the aim of driving responsible behaviour in product…
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Think-tank calls for end to subsidies

The UK should end subsidies for food production after Brexit and instead pay farmers for delivering environmental services, according to a leading think-tank. In a new report titled Farming Tomorrow, Policy Exchange also called on the government to unilaterally phase out tariffs as part of efforts to unlock new trade deals, help developing countries and…
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Challenge for agriculture as emissions progress stalls

Agriculture is expected to miss key reduction targets for greenhouse gases. With bold new policies needed, shifting demand could be the next step. By Nick Hughes. The UK’s transition to a resilient low-carbon economy is in danger of being derailed by a lack of government action on climate change. That was the stark warning issued…
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10 things we need to know about Brexit

Talks with the EU are finally under way a year after the referendum and the food industry is anxiously awaiting the outcome, writes Nick Hughes. Friday marked the first anniversary of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Much has happened in the subsequent 365 days: there have been demonstrations, legal battles and most recently…
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Campaigners demand Brexit protection of EU laws

Campaign groups have welcomed a government commitment to bring current EU environmental protections into UK law but called for more detail on how such laws would be upheld and enforced post-Brexit. Last week the UK government published its Brexit white paper in which it stated that “we will use the Great Repeal Bill to bring…
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NGOs present green vision for farming policy

Britain’s leading conservation organisations have called for the adoption of a food and farming policy that works better for nature and the environment in the wake of Brexit. WWF-UK, the National Trust, The Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB said Britain’s exit from the European Union represented “a once in a generation opportunity to help wildlife…
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Brexit should benefit small farms, says CPRE

Industrial-scale farms should lose their subsidies once the UK divorces from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy as part of a new package of food and farming policies designed to shift the country from low prices to high value. The plan is set out by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) in its “New farming…
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Industry steels itself for Brexit fallout

A week has passed since the British public voted to leave the European Union, triggering in the process a political earthquake of epic proportions. Inevitably, perhaps, the fallout from Brexit has thus far been largely dominated by internal party politics, but as the days and weeks pass attention will turn to the specific political and…
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Brexit could break the environment

Leaving the EU would create “identifiable and substantial risks to the UK’s future environmental ambitions”, according to an analysis published by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). The research, commissioned by WWF-UK, RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts, suggests that membership of the EU has had a positive impact on the UK’s environment. Directives passed…
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