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Agriculture is missing from its own first birthday party

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After almost 20 months of gestation, the Agriculture Bill [1] will effectively be born on Wednesday afternoon when it is expected to complete its final stages in the House of Commons without significant amendments. [2]

The legislation will replace the Common Agricultural Policy in England in relation to food and farming. Yet neither food nor farming feature in the Bill in any meaningful way. [3] As a result, the Bill fails to address the existing threats to food security [4] and the new ones posed by covid-19. It also fails to address the longstanding problem of an unsustainable food system producing too little of the foods, especially fruit and vegetables, we need for optimum health.

The Sustainable Food Trust (SFT)

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