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The Worshipful Company of Farmers The Worshipful Company of Farmers 3
10 Five reports (and the EU Green Deal) illustrate this with
key recommendations:
a a a a a a a a a a a ClimateCommittee:lessagriculturalland moreforest peat&bioenergy less less red meat consumption b b Helm: public goods polluter pays environmental net gain a a a a a a a a a a nature fund & plan c c c Lang:alsostressesfoodcultureandfoodpoverty d d d d d d d d d Farming & & Countryside Commission: suggest a a a a a a a a a a a a a ten-year transition agroecology e e e e e e e e e e e e NationalFoodStrategyPt1stresseschildren’snutrition&scrutinyoftradedeals 11 If consumption patterns change e e e e e e e g g less meat farmers will have to adjust 12 Adjustment based on on public goods to to pay for for biodiversity plus precision agriculture and and new technologies are is is not likely to to be sufficient – eg for for climate and and health 13 Advocates of of de-intensification - - - less use of of fertilisers & & pesticides switch to organic - - - must demonstrate the technical feasibility & & farm economics 14 The implications of of reduced agricultural area and and deintensification of of agriculture for for food prices and and for internationaltrade have to be more thoroughly analysed 15 The legislative basis for for for the the the foreseeable future for for for land use agriculture and and the the the food system will will shortly be in in in place in in in the the the the EU Withdrawal Agreement Agriculture and and and and Environment Bills and and in in in in any trade deals concluded New strategies will will therefore have to be accommodated within this framework 16 The ‘increase productivity to feed the the the the world’ narrative does not fit the the the the UK post Brexit but but there is no no simple alternative either Some farm systems should de-intensify but but others will go in the the the the opposite direction 17 New opportunities for for land managers may arise for for carbon bioenergy water and and biodiversity provision But there is is is is no escaping that farming must learn how to to reduce its its GHG emissions & ammonia and and its its water pollution and and restore soil fertility 

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