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Climate change and Brexit are back on farmers' agenda

CLIMATE change, Brexit... the National Farmers Union in Scotland says issues that were crucial before lockdown are starting to bubble back up the agenda again. They say: "As we begin to see restrictions on how we go about our daily life start to ease, NFU Scotland Vice President Martin Kennedy has urged Governments and industry to use the opportunities that may present." Writing on the Union's website, Mr Kennedy says: “One thing that this Covid-19 experience has highlighted over the past ten weeks is just how important food security really is. As an industry we have done our upmost to continue to feed the country to the very best of our ability. "There is now an opportunity like never before for both UK and Scottish governments to recognise how dependent our nation is on our industry and make sure we can continue to do our job in a positive manner.” He says that tackling climate change is an issue the entire industry needs to grasp with both hands and act on, sooner rather than later, and use to its advantage by highlighting the work we are doing to improve further on our green credentials. On Brexit, the Perthshire farmer cites the recent failure to secure backing from a majority of MPs for the amendments to the Agricultural bill going through Parliament, which – he says – would have made sure that any imports coming into our country met the same standards that we have here, as leaving a massive dent in our confidence. To ensure that we don't import food into the UK which is produced in ways that would be illegal here, he urges people to sign a petition from our friends at NFU calling on the UK Government to protect our standards in future trade deals. “As farmers and crofters, all we ask for is a fair deal, but anything less right now will inevitably risk the sustainability of what we already have. Let's use this once in a lifetime opportunity,” he concludes. To read the full blog go to: https://www.nfus.org.uk/news/blog/vice-presidents-blog-2-june-2020

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