DEFRA received over 44,000 responses to its consultation, ‘Health & Harmony’ which closed on 8th May with farmers, food producers and environmentalists sharing their views on everything from the support given to farmers and food producers to the broader direction of policy post-Brexit when it comes to the natural world.
The consultation included proposals to redirect payments under the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) which are based on the amount of land farmed, to a new system of paying farmers public money for public goods, principally their work to enhance the environment. It highlighted a number of public goods which could be supported such as biodiversity, high animal welfare standards and improved soil health.
DEFRA is aiming for early autumn to produce draft proposals for legislation, after reading all the responses. Watch this space….