As a key emitter of greenhouse gases and a driver of biodiversity loss, current agricultural practices in England can and must change so that our land sequesters more carbon than it emits, and biodiversity is restored to farmed landscapes.
In addition, our food system has become increasingly wasteful, processed and environmentally damaging. To address the negative outcomes that arise from our supply chains for consumers, farmers, and the environment, we need to look more broadly at how we buy and eat our food in England today.
We need a long-term vision for the future of land and agriculture. To create that vision, we convened several community panels who developed nine key guiding principles for addressing the climate crisis and restoring nature in a way that is fair to farmers, farm workers, and the public.
Our overarching recommendation is for the UK government to step up and bring forward an industrial strategy for food and farming.