Now is the time to take action!

We’re urging the Government to put climate change, public health, soil protection and farm animal welfare at the centre of its vision for agriculture. We're proposing ambitious policies to support healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use to meet the needs of current and future generations.

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  • Will The Government Be Up To The Mark On Food And Farming?

    Following the formation of a new Government, we're calling on politicians to give food and farming a higher priority than ever before - and setting out five tests for government policy.

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    Our 8 Food and Farming Policy Priorities

    We’re calling on the Government to give food and farming a higher priority than ever before, and we have outlined 8 areas that we believe need the most focus, for public health, our environment, and the economy.

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    1. The Government Must Prioritise Soil

    We are asking the government to invest in healthy soil through soil stewardship payments, mandatory soil testing, incentives for more grass and clover, and agroforestry.

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    2. The Next Government Must Invest In Child Health

    We are asking the next government to invest in child health. That means committing to creating an environment where it is normal, easy and enjoyable for children and young people to eat well.

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    3. Why the Government Should Support the Organic Sector

    We want to see stronger support for organic farming from the government. That means policies and funding to increase the amount of land farmed using organic methods - to benefit the environment, improve animal welfare, and meet growing consumer demand for organic food.

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    4. Politicians Must Pledge to Give Farm Animals a Good Life

    We are asking the Government to pledge to give a ‘good life’ for all farm animals within 10 years. We are asking political parties to set up a new welfare framework for all farm animals supported by the mandatory method of production labelling, stronger regulation of farm antibiotic use, and public investment to help farmers make the transition.

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    5. The Next Government Must Make Quality Food The Focus Of Their Public Procurement Policy

    The next Government must pledge to create a better public procurement policy to widen public access to healthier, higher welfare, local and organic food and to build stable markets for farmers and growers

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    6. The Government Must Invest in Innovative Farmers

    The Government must invest in funding for farmer-led research. They should allocate 10% of the current research and development budget for innovative agriculture projects led by farmers themselves

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    7. The Government Must Ensure That Every Hospital Becomes a 'Beacon Of Good Food'

    The Government should ensure that every hospital becomes a ‘beacon of good food’. This will contribute towards the ‘radical upgrade in prevention and public health’ called for in the NHS Five Year Forward View

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    8. The Government Must Prioritise Climate Change Friendly Farming

    The Government must ensure that we have zero carbon farming by 2050 through a commitment to ensuring the agriculture and food sector plays its part in tackling climate change, in line with the Paris Agreement.

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