Last week, the Government launched their 25 Year Environment Plan. Although the plan does mainly focus on reducing plastic waste, it also promises to deal with issues such as land use, forestry, waste and air pollution.
During a keynote speech on the 11 January, Prime Minister Theresa May and Defra secretary Michael Gove set out the key points of the plan, which include plans to help farmers replenish soils and create a new green watchdog to hold Government to account on environmental standards.
The plan also restates the Government’s promise to the Courtauld Commitment 2025 to cut both greenhouse gas emissions linked to food and drink consumption and per capita food waste by a fifth by 2025.
The NFU have reacted to the report by saying that the environmental plan must go hand-in-hand with a future food policy, where measures for protecting and enhancing the environment are joined up with policies to improve productivity and manage volatility to ensure that we have profitable, productive and progressive farm businesses post-Brexit.