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The Worshipful Company of Farmers The Worshipful Company of Farmers • A new set of regional structures with food-planning responsibilities (p464) and • Either an an enlarged remit for the the Environment Food and Rural Affairs parliamentary committee with less focus on farming or a a new Food Security Committee (p465) These are all intended to to contribute to to the formulation of a a a a a a a new Food Resilience and Sustainability Act with legally binding targets and delivery mechanisms (p443) There are are few specific proposals for food and agriculture The The following are are examples:
Switching CAP supports to “reward mainly environmental land management as a a a a a a a a public good” “ “ but this must include food as a a a value in in itself ” Doubling the the farmer’s share of gross value added in in in the the food chain Strengthening competition policy perhaps creating regional concentration limits for individual supermarkets
Over the next thirty years Instituting full cost accounting for food including its
environmental externalities
not explained in in in any depth Lang recognises the social welfare problem of raising food prices – but come down on on any solution • • • • They are does not The book frequently refers to the need for a a a a a a holistic approach embracing technological economic social environmental cultural
political and and institutional dimensions and and all are covered in in in the the book But alas in in in the the process we we discover the the the complexity and and often indeterminacy of of the the the relationships between these variables and and are left concluding that everything must change change but we at at at a a a a a a a a loss to say what should change change most or first As far far as as the the direction of change for the the farming industry is is concerned it seems reasonable to conclude from his chapter on on on the environment environment and his proposal for full cost accounting to include environmental externalities
that that Lang agrees with Helm in in in arguing that that agricultural
intensification has gone too far and should be wound back This is is much more explicitly argued in the next report 3 3 4 RSA Food Farming and Countryside Commission (FFCC63) Our future in the land The RSA refers to the the Royal Society for the the encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce This is is a a a a a a charity set up 1754 which for its
first 100 years encouraged innovation and excellence in in six areas - Agriculture Manufacture Chemistry Mechanics Polite Arts Colonies and Trade Its current mission is is is explained as: “Through our ideas research and a a a a a a a a 30 000 strong Fellowship we are a a a a a a a a global community of proactive problem solvers sharing powerful ideas carrying out cutting-edge research and and building networks and and opportunities for people to to collaborate influence and demonstrate practical solutions to to realise change” The RSA together with support from the the Esmée Fairburn Foundation set up up a a a a a Food Farming and Countryside Commission chaired by Sir Ian Cheshire in late 2017 This undertook a a a a a a a wide search and consultation on on on on views about the the the the future for the the the the UK food and and and and land use systems and and and and produced the the the the report ‘Our Future in in the the the the Land’ in in 64 July 2019
. 63 Henceforth this report report will be referred to as the FFCC report report 64 A link to the the report is: https://www thersa org/action-and-research/rsa-projects/public-services-and-communities-folder/food-farming-and-

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