Opinion: Time to challenge the anti-farming climate zealots

Farmers Weekly
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
In the year of the UK-hosted COP26 climate change summit, there’s no shortage of green rhetoric emanating from government. Yet the UK-Australia free-trade agreement sets an environmentally destructive precedent which will see some of the world’s least sustainably produced food shipped from around the globe to displace produce we are, in many cases, perfectly capable of growing ourselves in sustainable abundance. It’s remarkable to see some politicians advance unrestricted free trade as the solution to climate change, despite it being one of the prime causes, and to lobby for ever-higher standards and costs for UK farmers while unfairly lowering the drawbridge for our unregulated and over-subsidised competitors.
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