Tell the Government to pull its socks up for planet friendly farming
27 March 2012

One year ago, the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) promised to make UK meat and dairy farming more sustainable - after months of pressure from Friends of the Earth supporters.

Twelve months on we've written DEFRA's report card.

Its research into soy alternatives is going well. But in other key areas - farming policy reform, sustainable diets and food waste - it's falling behind.

An urgent priority is supporting planet-friendly farming in Europe.

DEFRA is debating the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reforms now, but is failing to support policies that would benefit sustainable farming and rural communities.

DEFRA needs to demand greener farm subsidy payments - ones that:

  • Encourage farmers to plant homegrown feeds as soy alternatives.
  • Support crop rotations.
  • Target help to farms that provide the most public benefits.

It needs to tell us its strategy for how farming policy reform will move the UK towards more sustainable farming. 

Please tell DEFRA minister Owen Paterson a 'D' isn't good enough - he must act now on planet-friendly farming.

Thank you.

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