Reforming farming systems in the United Kingdom is of critical importance if the country is to rise to the challenge of the nature and climate crises.
Farming in the UK is facing not one but several transitions. These include:
- the advent of new agri-environment schemes
- new trading arrangements
- an increasing role for technology in farming
- shifting demographics of the farming workforce
- the impacts of a changing climate
- a potentially protracted recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
These transitions present challenges and opportunities, both to overcome the environmental crises we face and to do so in a way that is economically and socially fair and contributes to solving many of our other shared problems. Given the challenges farmers face and the urgency with which we need them to deliver climate solutions, support the return of wildlife recovery, and contribute to more resilient landscapes and communities, now is the time to reaffirm the place of farming in national life.