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Our Future in the Land - new report released by the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

17th Jul 2019

Source: The RSA

The RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission report launched yesterday. The report entitled Our Future in the Land, makes fifteen recommendations in three key areas that are:

  • Healthy food is everybody's business
  • Farming is a force for change, unleashing a fourth agricultural revolultion driven by public values
  • A countryside that works for all, and rural communities are a powerhouse for a fair and green economy

The report concludes "The actions we take in the next ten years, to stop ecosystems collapse, to recover and regenerate nature and to restore people's health and wellbeing are now critical." In this final report, the Food, Farming and Countryside Commissions sets out radical and practical ways for policymakers, business and communities to respond to the challenges.

The executive summary is available here

The fifteen recommendations are:

Healthy food is everybody's business

  • Levelling the playing field for a fair food system - good food must become good business
  • Committing to grow the UK supply of fruit, vegetables, nuts and pulses, and products from UK sustainable agriculture, and to using them more in everyday foods. 
  • Implementing world-leading public procurement, using this powerful tool to transform the market
  • Establishing collaborative community food plans to help inform and implement national food strategies and meet the different needs of communities around the UK
  • Reconnecting people and nature to boost health and wellbeing

Farming is a force for change, unleashing a fourth agricultural revoltuion driven by public values

  • Designing a ten-year tyransition plan for sustainable, agroecological farming by 2030.
  • Backing innovation by farmers to unleash a fourth agricultural revolution
  • Making sure every farmer can get trusted, independent advice by training a cadre of peer mentors and farmer support networks.
  • Boosting cooperation and collaboration by extending support for Producer Organisations to all sectors
  • Establishing a National Agroecology Development Bank to accelerate a fair and sustianable transition

A countryside that works for all, and rural communities are a powerhouse for a fair and green economy

  • Establishing a national land use framework in England inspires cooperation based on the public value of land, mediating and encouraging multipurpose uses
  • Investing in the skills and rural infrastructure to underpin the regenerative economy
  • Developing sustainable solutions to meet rural housing need
  • Establishing a National Nature Service that employs the energy of young people to kickstart the regenerative economy

To access the full report click here