APPG REPORT: What impact new trade agreements will have on UK food and farming

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The APPG on Agroecology for Sustainable Food and Farming conducted an inquiry into the ways the UK’s withdrawal from the EUand the subsequent new trade agreements could impact UK agriculture and food production, with special emphasis on areas of practice and legislation most likely to impact producers working to sustainable, agroecological standards. This inquiry was held as part of the APPG on Agroecology’s ongoing programme, and follows its October 2016 report Farming Post Brexit and Farmers in Parliament event.


Evidence was heard across two oral evidence sessions from the following expert witnesses:

Professor Michael Cardwell, Agricultural Law, Leeds University

Professor David Barling, Director of the Centre for Agriculture, Food and Environmental Management, University of Hertfordshire

Peter Stevenson, Chief Policy Advisor, CIWF

Catherine Fookes, Campaign Manager for the Organic Trade Board

Dr Steve Webster, Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA)

Vicki Hird, Sustainable Farm Campaign Coordinator, Sustain


The following submitted written evidence into the inquiry:

David Bowles, Assistant Director, Public Affairs, RSPCA

Steven Jacobs, Business Development Manager, Organic Farmers & Growers

Samuel Lowe, Trade Campaigner, Friends of the Earth

Claire Peeters, Head of Operations and Development, Sustainable Food Trust

Jyoti Fernandes, policy team, Land Workers Alliance

Georgina Downs, UK Pesticides Campaign

Laura MacKenzie, Head of Policy (farming and land use), Soil Association


The inquiry panel was drawn from following Officers:

Jeremy Lefroy MP

Kerry McCarthy MP

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer

Baroness Young of Old Scone

Countess of Mar

This Report is based on the evidence heard during the inquiry as well as additional information provided to the panel, with additional context provided by the rapidly changing events surrounding Brexit