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Commenting on Defra’s announcement today that just £3.5 billion of the £15 billion of public money available through the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is to be spent on greener farming, Friends of the Earth’s Nature Campaigner Paul de Zylva said:
“By failing to ensure more public money is spent on measures to protect nature the Government is short-changing taxpayers.
“Farmers already pocket huge amounts of cash without having to farm in ways that reduce their effect on wildlife, water and soils.
“The Government needs to go back to the drawing board – an early test will be ensuring its forthcoming National Pollinator Strategy finds new ways to ensure farmers provide food and shelter for the bees our countryside depends on.”
Notes to editors:
- Owen Paterson wanted the maximum to go on environmental spending but he's been overruled by Number 10 which was lobbied hard by the NFU.
- Each British taxpayer pays £400 towards CAP per year.
- Tens of thousands of people have joined Friends of the Earth's Bee Cause Campaign since spring 2012 to call for action to halt British bee decline, resulting in the Government announcing a National Pollinator Strategy in June 2013. The draft is expected to be published for consultation in mid-January 2014.