Agric Bill: Labour leadership backs Agroecology amendment

Is Agroecology at last finding its way into the Agriculture Bill? An earlier cross-party amendment was withdrawn, but this one has the Labour Whips behind it.  Please ask your MP to back it!

Amendment 37 Clause 1, page 1, line 7 at end insert-

“(aa)supporting agriculture and horticulture businesses in enabling public access to healthy food that is farmed sustainably, including food produced through whole farm agroecological systems.”

Amendment 38 Clause 1,page 2, line 23 at end insert-

“sustainable” means in a way which employs factors and practices that contribute to the quality of the environment on a long term basis and avoids the depletion of natural resources.”

Tabled by Jeremy Corbyn, Sue Hayman, Dr. David Drew, Jenny Chapman, Sandy Martin, Thangam Debbonaire

NB Amendments tabled on November 21 by Kerry McCarthy, Zac Goldsmith and Caroline Lucas also need backing!  They introduce he need for “whole farm agroecological systems”  defining them as follows

Clause 1, page 2, line 9, at end insert—

““whole farm agroecological systems” include any whole enterprise system for farming or land management which is designed to produce food and/or fuel while delivering environmental and social benefits, and may include organic farming.”

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