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Calls for local MPs to support organics

People are being urged to ask their local MP to back an amendment to the upcoming Agriculture Bill that would help fund organic and other environmentally-friendly farming systems post-Brexit.

Amendment 41 was proposed by three MPs, including Labour MP Kerry McCarthy, Zac Goldsmith of the Conservatives, and former leader of the Green Party Caroline Lucas.

The Agriculture Bill is a major policy that will determine the future of food production once Britain leaves the European Union. It is currently making its way through parliament with the next report on progress expected on 20 November.

The proposed amendment would ensure that environmentally-friendly farming systems, including organics and other agroecological processes, receive financial assistance to continue and expand their activities following Brexit. This would help deliver what is described as “public goods” in the Agriculture Bill, the amendment states.

A statement said: “Agroecology is recognised by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation as the basis for evolving food systems that are equally strong in environmental, economic, social and agronomic dimensions.”

A full list of local MPs plus details on how to contact them can be found here.

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