Defra seeks to clarify ELMs review

Defra seeks to clarify ELMs review

A Defra post yesterday (27 September) seeks to clarify the thought process behind the decision to review the current ELM schemes. The post aims to contradict the speculation from the green lobby that the combination of a policy shift towards boosting food production and food security and the announcement of investment zones signals an intention to abandon environmental protections and the current approach of paying farmers “public money for public goods”.

The NFU and others have been lobbying for years for the new system of farm support to recognise the importance of boosting food production and productivity alongside increasing environmental protections and the move towards carbon neutrality. Many farmers will hope that the ELMs review indicates that really is the direction of travel.

 

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