On Wednesday 6th November, Parliament will dissolve for the General Election and the APPG will cease all its activity in line with parliamentary rules. It is our hope the group will be reconstituted at the earliest opportunity next year. In the meantime, we’ve pulled together our highlights from the past year:
- At the Oxford Real Farming Conference, we hosted Michael Gove, the then Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for an audience-led Q&A to discuss the Future of Farming: Brexit and Beyond. You can watch the session in full here.
- Following an investigation by Who Owns England? we asked What’s the Future for County Farms? In the session we explored how we can stop and reverse the current decline, the opportunities the estate can provide in building a sustainable farming sector, and the specific actions the government should take. You can read the briefing note we published after the discussion here.
- Shortly after the announcement of the National Food Strategy, we helped launch Compassion in World Farming’s Turning the Food System Round report with George Eustice, the Minister of State for Agriculture, speaking. The discussion covered the detrimental impact of intensive agriculture, the value of moving to agroecology, the need for farmers to receive a larger share of the income generated by the food chain and how to develop policies that ensure everyone can access nutritious food.
- We’ve heard repeatedly from the UK government that leaving the EU presents a once in a generation chance to become an ‘environmental superpower’. To test these claims – and identify what will be required for government to come good on its ambition for the UK to be the gold standard for food, farming and the environment – we teamed up with the Soil Association to launch their report on Setting the bar for a Green Brexit in Food and Farming. You can read it here.
- Together with the Landworkers’ Alliance, Sustain, CPRE, Soil Association, Organic Farmers and Growers and the Gaia Foundation we hosted a parliamentary feast to launch the Landworkers’ Alliance latest report, Agroecology in Action. Almost 40 MPs and Peers joined us to hear first hand how farmers from across Britain are putting agroecological principles into action and making it work economically, socially and environmentally.
Thank you for your support of the APPG in 2019, we hope to see you again soon.