A vision for a sustainable food and farming system

National CPRE have welcomed a new report, Our Future in the Land, published by a food and farming support charity.  The RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission was established in 2017 to think afresh about where our food comes from, how we support farming and rural communities and how we invest in the many benefits the countryside provides.  They make fifteen recommendations in 3 areas:

Healthy food is every body’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 revolution driven by public values
  • Designing a ten-year transition 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 sustainable 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 rural economy
  • Creating more good work in 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

Link to CPRE's response to the report here.