Take Action on the Agriculture Bill
You have the opportunity to help make a real difference
The long-awaited Agriculture Bill has recently been published. This will be hotly debated by MPs and will lead to the biggest changes to food and farming policy in a generation. With your help, we can have a positive impact for decades to come.
This is an unprecedented opportunity to persuade politicians to back a bold vision for the future of food and farming that is healthy, humane and sustainable - with organic at its heart.
Why is it important?
An increase in organic would provide many benefits. It would mean more farm animals produced under the highest standard of welfare, and it would mean fewer pesticides being used on crops - one of the reasons that wildlife is 50% more abundant on organic farms on average. Research suggests that if all farming in England and Wales was organic, pesticide use would drop by 98%! It would also mean less antibiotics used on animals, and more climate-friendly farming.
Currently, government support for organic farming in the UK is lower than in most other EU countries and the proportion of UK agricultural land farmed organically is smaller too, although recently there's been a hugely encouraging increase in organic land area.
Now is our chance to build on that by pushing for policies to get the UK to the top of the league table of organic food and farming, rather than languishing close to the bottom. If we want organic farming to flourish, we need to speak out.
What can you do?
There's no better time to contact your MP and encourage them to speak up for organic farming. We've created a template email to help. You can use this text, edit it to emphasise what you think is most important, or write your own letter from scratch! Even a very short, personal message to your MP can make a big difference.
While many MPs take a keen interest in farming and food, some of them may not fully understand what makes organic different. Whilst they may know that organic farmers are banned from using synthetic pesticides, they may not realise that organic standards require the highest levels of animal welfare too, and that organic methods are proven to protect wildlife and improve soil health.
View our example letter and then find your MP and get in touch.
What are we doing?
We’re working hard to raise awareness of the benefits of organic farming to wildlife, soil health and animal welfare. We’re lobbying politicians directly and collaborating others to make the case for organic and agroecological food production to be at the very heart of agriculture policy.
But if MPs hear directly from their local constituents, that is even more impactful. So please take a moment to contact your MP.
If you have any questions about this or you’d like to share your MP’s response with us, please get in touch with our policy team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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