Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Re-posting: Farming for Nature Campaign

Your countryside is in crisis!

Urge your representatives in Brussels to vote for farming that supports nature.

On the 13th March 2013, the European Parliament will vote on the rules for how the agriculture funding, Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) from the EU Budget will be spent until 2020.

But the document contains some alarming proposals, which could leave us with a policy that continues to subsidise harmful farming practices that pollute our soil, water and air whilst our wildlife continues to decline and many wildlife-friendly farmers struggle to remain in business. This is your money being wasted.   Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have the power to change all this.

The losses to our countryside and farming are clear: 92% of Europe’s rivers and lakes are affected by pollution and water overuse due to agriculture, 300 million farmland birds have been lost since 1980 and 3.7 million farming jobs were lost over the last decade. At the same time, many wildlife-friendly farmers have struggled to remain in business. This decline isn't acceptable!

A system is needed that encourages farming practices which respect nature and the rural environment and will produce food sustainably and it is an opportunity for MEPs to vote for changes to this policy which will support nature friendly farming and sustainable food production in the UK.

We believe it’s time to support good practices that will protect and restore nature and produce healthy food sustainably for future generations. For the first time ever, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have the power to vote on agricultural policy.  They could be the ones to finally shape a policy that delivers value for our money. 
 
Before the vote in the European Parliament in mid-March, tell your MEPs to vote for a greener agricultural policy that would benefit us all. Let them know that you want your money to support good farming practices that protect and restore nature!

We are calling for: 
  • 'Greening' of the CAP so all farmers and land managers undertake basic measures to protect and restore nature. 
  •  Rejection of proposals that will waste money by paying farmers and land managers twice for 'undertaking' the same environmental measures. 
  • A requirement for farmers and land managers to comply with relevant EU environmental and animal welfare regulations and basic standards of good farming practice. 
  • Dedicated support for those nature friendly farming systems that deliver benefits for wildlife and the countryside
Urge your MEP to vote for a nature-friendly agriculture policy, through the Farming for Nature Campaign by clicking here 
This EU-wide e-action initiated by WWF, EEB and Birdlife is supported by the following organisations, who work together on this issue at a UK level through Wildlife and Countryside Link.
  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
  • Bat Conservation Trust
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust
  • Butterfly Conservation
  • Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust
  • Plantlife
  • The Mammal Society
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Salmon and Trout Association
  • The Wildlife Trusts
  • WWF-UK
  • Northern Ireland Environment Link

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