Yesterday, I spoke in the Second Reading debate of the Agriculture Bill – the biggest piece of legislation on food and farming in a generation, with far-reaching implications. It’s vital we get this right.
As this Bill progresses through Parliament, I want to ensure it provides the structure to enable a real shift from the environmentally damaging industrial agriculture of the past, to sustainable, economically viable farming, with higher standards of animal welfare and environmental protection. And in particular, I would like to see support for better public health outcomes – to increase the availability and affordability of fresh fruit and veg to address the emerging public health crisis of diet-related ill health, such obesity and diabetes, and to reduce antibiotic use on farms, which is contributing to the growth of antimicrobial resistance and superbugs.
You can read my contribution to the debate in full here: http://bit.ly/2C8OtJs