As prices rise rapidly, the British food system is under immense pressure – and this could get worse due to global warming and environmental harms. The food system itself also contributes to those harms.
In post-Brexit Britain, farming policy is undergoing the biggest overhaul in 40 years. However, what’s missing is a clearer vision for the environment, and one that can bring farmers on board.
This report, supported by McCain Foods, looks at the role regenerative farming can play in driving a new green transformation in agriculture.
Regenerative farming is a nature-friendly approach with care for the soil, plants, animals and environment. It could deliver key environmental benefits, but also long-term profitability for farmers, food security for consumers, and a beautiful countryside for communities. Our report has identified the key barriers to its widespread adoption, including poor short-term financial incentives and difficulties in implementation
To overcome these barriers, our report calls on the government to:
- Empower farmers, environmentalists, and other stakeholders to work together to deliver change
- Ensure financial security by increasing support for farmers
- bring farmers into the movement with a regenerative framework, and enable them to deliver it through knowledge sharing
If they do this, the UK food system can move towards a more prosperous, resilient, and sustainable future.