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Farming and Food Miles Aims

1.  Focus on increasing domestic fruit and vegetable production with special  support for small-scale producers.  In the face of rising uncertainties, both economical (the exit from the EU) and environmental (the changing  climate and the increase in unpredictable weather events), it is of the utmost importance that the focus is  shifted towards food production and security. The UK is currently importing over 50% of its food and feed  and is therefore heavily reliant on foreign markets. 10 This leaves Britain at the mercy of global economic  trends and environmental fluctuations. Domestic fruit and vegetable production should therefore be  increased, with...
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Pesticides Aims

1. Set target for a 50% reduction in both the weight of pesticides used and the number of pesticide applications per field by 2022. France and Denmark have recently set clear reduction targets of 50% and 40%, respectively. Many pesticides today are used in a preventative manner, rather than when indispensable to fight an existing pest problem. Therefore, by addressing challenges on a farm by farm basis and adopting innovative techniques such as new methods for mechanical weeding, it would be possible to decrease the overall deployment of chemicals in the countryside whilst maintaining similar levels of productivity. In fact,...
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Wildlife Welfare Aims

1.  Call an immediate halt to the badger cull.  Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a contagious bacterial disease of cattle, but which also affects a large number  of mammals in the UK, including badgers, deer, dogs, sheep or, as DEFRA puts it, “​ nearly all warm-blooded  animals”. ​ 9 bTB outbreaks in England have been rising since the 1980s,​ 10 posing a serious problem to the  farming industry as they are difficult to control, cost the taxpayers over £100m every year, and cause pain  and distress to the infected cattle. Since badgers are known to be implicated in the transmission of...
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