Farming News - Today is Back British Farming Day

Today is Back British Farming Day

09 Sep 2020
Frontdesk / Arable / Livestock

The NFU is urging politicians to put their words into actions and give Parliament a say on how future trade deals impact British food and farming.

Today (9 September) is Back British Farming Day and the NFU has published a new report - British Farming: Setting the standard - which showcases the high standards British farmers produce to, and how they set themselves apart from the rest of the world.

With the Trade Bill being debated in the House of Lords this week, the NFU is calling for Peers to amend the Bill so that Parliament will be given the final say on whether to ratify new trade agreements. Currently, there is no requirement for Parliament to debate trade deals before they are signed into law, and safeguards to allow MPs to reject such trade deals are limited.

The NFU also wants Parliament to be provided with independent advice about the impact every trade deal will have on our food and farming standards before it decides whether to accept or reject those trade deals. An amendment to the Agriculture Bill, put forward by Lord Curry in the House of Lords, would give this duty to the new Trade and Agriculture Commission, which was set up by the government in July. The Amendment is likely to be debated by the House of Lords next week, and the NFU is urging Peers to vote in its favour.

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How you can get involved

You can take part on any social media platform. Remember to use #BackBritishFarming and tag your MP.

10 ways to get involved:

  1. Say why you’re proud to produce food for the nation and show how you're keeping the nation fed with a short video. Click here for our top tips on filming your video.
  2. Use the Back British Farming day ‘twibbon’ to add to your profile picture on Twitter. You can also change your Facebook profile picture here.
  3. Click going on our Facebook event for Back British Farming Day to stay up to date and ensure you have access to all of our Back British Farming resources.
  4. Reach out to your MP ahead of the day and share your farming images to illustrate why food and farming is important to them.
  5. Tag your MP in your Twitter post.
  6. Take a look at these six reasons to Back British Farming and share them throughout #BackBritishFarming day on your Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.
  7. If you know your MP, invite them on farm. If you need help to arrange this, contact your Regional NFU office.
  8. Invite your MP to wear the wool and wheat-pin badge they will have received from the NFU President Minette Batters and share the picture.
  9. Download our report that will be launched to coincide with Back British Farming Day and invite your social followers to do it too.Download the NFU App to get the report when it lands.
  10. See if you can spot your MP wearing a wheat-pin badge on 9 September in the House of Commons and say thank you on social media.

NFU President Minette Batters said:

“We are at a pivotal time for the future of farming and the food on our plates. Nothing will determine this more than how the government shapes trade deals with countries around the world.

“There is no doubt that the countries we are currently negotiating with are demanding access to our prized market for their agriculture products and, right now, a trade agreement could be signed with little parliamentary scrutiny. This could result in a massive increase in the amount of food being imported that is produced in ways that would be illegal in this country."

“Politicians have time and again stated that they will not allow this to happen. There is now a clear solution on the table that will allow Parliament to be kept fully informed of the impacts any trade deal will have on the food we all consume. Time is running out. Action has to be taken now, or all the warm words will be for nothing.

“Today is Back British Farming Day and we want to celebrate why the British public have complete trust in British food and the farmers that produce it. Our farm to fork approach to traceability, how we look after our animals and our environment, and how we lead the world in reducing antibiotic usage are all the envy of the world and yet they are in jeopardy if they are undermined by future trade deals."

“I would urge all politicians to use today to think about these values, and what we have to lose. I would ask them to set British farming as the global standard in sustainable, climate-friendly food production, not undermine it in the pursuit of free trade. I would urge peers in the House of Lords to vote for this amendment next week, to amend the Trade Bill to increase Parliamentary scrutiny of trade deals and take a great step towards providing the proper parliamentary oversight of our future trade policy.”