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Interdependence of modern farming and the environment

Published Friday, March 8, 2019

A 90-minute debate on the ‘Interdependence of modern farming and the environment’ has been scheduled for 2.30 pm on Tuesday 12 March 2019 in Westminster Hall. Colin Clark MP is the Member leading the debate.

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A debate on the ‘Interdependence of modern farming and the environment’ has been scheduled for 2.30 pm on Tuesday 12 March 2019 in Westminster Hall. Colin Clark MP is the Member leading the debate.

A sustainable, productive farming sector is dependent on a healthy environment. Some 70% of the UK’s land is used for agriculture,  and the way in which it is farmed can have environmental impacts - positive or negative. Modern technologies and methods can reduce air, water and land pollution and cut greenhouse gas emissions from farming. Government and farmers recognise the value to the sector of policies which harness new approaches to deliver fertile soils, thriving pollinator populations, clean air and water, and effective pest control.

This note provides some background to the issue, and compiles links to relevant Library briefings, Parliamentary debates and statements, and press coverage.

 

Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0062

Authors: Nikki Sutherland; Sarah Coe

Topics: Agriculture, Agriculture and environment, Biodiversity, Farmers, Food

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