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Post-Brexit agriculture policy focuses on soil, food security

A new agriculture bill has been brought to the UK parliament, setting out food and farming policies for after the UK leaves the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy. It includes support to help farmers preserve soil, a plan to regularly review food security in the UK, and paying farmers for purposes such as flood protection, climate mitigation or public access to the countryside.

The bill does not include a commitment to avoiding imports of food produced to lower standards of food safety, animal welfare or environmental sustainability than farmers in the UK will have to follow.

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The full text of the bill can be viewed here. See also the Foodsource building block What is food security?

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20 Jan 2020
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