The objective of this report is to identify policy options that as far as possible provide environmental, social and economic benefits:
Environmental: protection and improvement of soils; enhancement of biodiversity; protection of valued landscapes and wildlife habitats; reduction of carbon emissions, and increased sequestration of carbon; reduction of artificial fertilizer use coupled with more efficient use of farmyard manure and slurry; reduced pesticide use; wise water management; reduced reliance on imported commodities which cause environmental degradation elsewhere in the world.
Social: reversing the decline of family farms; more and better land-based jobs and livelihoods; increased opportunities for physical outdoor work for those whose aptitudes lie in that direction; increased vitality of villages and rural areas; provision of healthy food; enhanced animal welfare.
Economic: greater food security through increased home production of temperate commodities ; reducing the imbalance between rural and urban economies by improving remuneration for land-based work; avoiding the “dumping” of surplus produce on vulnerable peasant economies.
Expressed concisely, the mission is to ensure that farming in the UK provides environmental benefits, supports thriving farming communities and supplies a substantial proportion of the UK’s food.
Key recommendations – a shortened version of the report focusing on the 45 key recommendations contained in the report.