The Landworkers’ Alliance is set to launch its post-Brexit policy recommendations outside Defra’s London offices on Friday 21st April.
The launch will feature a dining table promoting the fresh produce of its members to highlight the need for small-scale and family farmers to be offered a ‘place at the table’ in upcoming negotiations over the future of UK agriculture policy.
In a statement, the Alliance said the launch will include the release of an 18-page report outlining the its key policy proposals for “re-orientating agricultural support to deliver high quality food to UK consumers while building an environmentally, socially and economically resilient farming industry”.
Embargoed copies of the report will be available from Wednesday 19th April on request.
A spokeman for LWA said: “The Landworkers’ Alliance has been campaigning for the past five years for greater recognition of the role small-scale and family farmers play in feeding the country. The UK’s exit from the Common Agricultural Policy provides the most significant opportunity in a generation to reverse the inequalities of area-based payments and replace them with a truly progressive policy framework that genuinely supports more farmers and better food.
“As we leave Europe and the opacity of the CAP behind we’re confident that UK taxpayers will no longer tolerate farmers being paid simply for owning land. We believe the farm support budget could be targeted much more effectively in providing the research and infrastructure necessary to enable farmers to supply quality produce to local markets.
“This model does not depend on UK consumers paying more for high quality local food – it does however depend on more effective regulation of the industry to ensure farmers receive a greater share of the food pound.”