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Defra receives 44,000 responses to consultation on the future of UK farm policy

More than 44,000 responses were received on the Government’s ‘Health and Harmony’ proposals for the future for food, farming and the environment after Brexit, with at least one third estimated to have been generated by Sustain members.

During the 10-week consultation, Defra co-hosted 17 events across the country alongside groups including Sustain, Wildlife &  Countryside Link, the National Trust, National Farmers Union and the Eden Project, to hear first-hand from more than 1,250 representatives of the UK’s food, farming and environmental sectors.

Secretary of State for Defra Michael Gove said: “It’s great news that so many people have responded so enthusiastically to our consultation.

“Leaving the European Union gives us the opportunity to improve the support we give to Britain’s farmers. We can make farming more productive, improve the quality of the food we eat and enhance our natural environment.

“We’ll reflect on the many thoughtful ideas put forward in response to our consultation and bring forward our plans for legislation later this year.”

Read Sustain’s submission to Defra’s ‘Health and Harmony’ consultation

Read a report of the consultation event co-hosted by Defra and Sustain

Published 7 May 2018

Sustainable farming policy: Sustain encourages integration of sustainable food and farming into local, regional and national government policies.

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