340 British farmers have signed a letter to Conservative MPs attacking plans to scrap their plans to pay for nature management.
A new subsidy to replace the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, the Environmental Land Management Scheme (Elms), was due to be introduced this year. But last month, ministers reviewed it. Results are expected within the seven days Liz Truss must remain prime minister.
The policy was six years in the making and is seen as one of the few promising Brexit dividends to pay farmers for “public goods” such as wildlife habitat creation and biodiversity conservation. Under the old CAP system, payments were apportioned in part by the amount of land being cultivated, with devastating effects on wildlife and also on smallholder farmers who were outmatched by large-scale agriculture. Paid. From January 2023, the newly reformed CAP system will come into effect.
The letter is part of a larger backlash against plans to dispose of the elm, and is part of hundreds of existing laws, including those on critical conservation of wildlife and habitat, sewage pollution into rivers, river water quality, and air pollution. Includes environmental legislation. It is expected to be removed from the statutory books by December 2023.
In a letter coordinated by the Nature Friendly Farming Network and sent primarily to 148 Tory MPs in local constituencies, farmers abandoned environmental stewardship in favor of policies aimed at boosting economic growth. doing so would be a “wrong trade-off.”
“A rich natural environment, healthy soils and a stable climate are essential conditions for productive and profitable food production,” the letter said. “We were committed to an agricultural policy that would make our farms beasts of quality, sustainability and profitability.
“Returning to old, inefficient and unfair subsidies such as general agricultural policy does not reward good practices, it only enriches people with vast tracts of land and public A waste of money and completely against the direction of the domestic travel sector.”
Also on Thursday, thousands of members of the Women’s Institute warned they would jeopardize Britain’s goal of halting the decline of the natural world by 2030, set out in environmental legislation, by scrapping regulations. signed a letter to business secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Pending EU bills list 570 environmental laws to be removed from statute by December 2023 as part of the transition to Brexit. Rees-Mogg said the repeal of the law would “fully realize the Brexit opportunity and … support the UK’s unique culture of innovation”.
WI letter It called on Rees-Mogg to withdraw the bill immediately. “Environmental laws exist to benefit our environment and to protect it and the important wildlife that inhabits it. It protects, keeps our air and water clean, and provides important safeguards for human health.”
“These regulations play a key role in providing a solid foundation for companies to make good environmental and investment decisions that are central to delivering economic growth.”
The undersigned asked the government to speak with them. “We want to have thoughtful and constructive conversations about how we can reform, enhance and improve the provision of critical protections such as climate, nature, air and water quality. That’s not the way to do it.”