Sustainable food and farming policies must be rooted in science, says new policy group

Sustainable food and farming policies must be rooted in science, says new policy group

Ahead of the expected publication of the UK’s first National Food Strategy for 70 years, a high-level group of political, scientific and industry leaders is urging the Government to do much more to put scientific rigour and evidence at the heart of Britain’s food and farming policies, warning that a failure to do so could risk sleepwalking the nation into its own food crisis.

Biodiversity recovery, clean water in the River Avon, and net zero farming by 2040 – new Environmental Farmers Group sets out its bold ambitions

Biodiversity recovery, clean water in the River Avon, and net zero farming by 2040 – new Environmental Farmers Group sets out its bold ambitions

Nature will be protected and enhanced on an unprecedented scale, with the formation of a pioneering new landscape-scale partnership of farmers in the Hampshire Avon Valley. Expected to cover over 40,000 hectares – or around one third the area of all England’s National Nature Reserves – the Environmental Farmers Group (EFG) is the first of its kind in the UK, with 80 farmers united to deliver biodiversity recovery, clean water in the River Avon, and net zero farming by 2040.

Ceredigion Farmland Feeder Project

Ceredigion Farmland Feeder Project

For those that work in the British countryside, it has become common knowledge that farmland birds are struggling. In the latest Birds of Conservation Concern review, 14 of the 26 farmland birds in the UK have been assigned to the Red List. The reasons behind the declines in these species are numerous, however one of particular relevance to seed-eating birds in Wales is the loss of mixed farming.

“Government and policymakers should be listening to farmers” says Gareth Wyn Jones in St. David’s Day address

“Government and policymakers should be listening to farmers” says Gareth Wyn Jones in St. David’s Day address

A prominent Welsh farmer is laying down the gauntlet to Mark Drakeford and the rest of Welsh government if they are to secure a brighter future for the nation. Gareth Wyn Jones was speaking on the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s YouTube channel in a special broadcast to raise awareness for the wonderful work being done by those looking after the Welsh landscape.

Landscape recovery – a different approach?

Landscape recovery – a different approach?

The announcement of the Landscape Recovery element of the Environmental Land Management Scheme was greeted with enthusiasm by those who advocate rewilding approaches.  Although the scheme wording does not refer to rewilding, the focus on radical and large-scale approaches to threatened native species recovery and priority habitat condition seemed to support such an approach.