Agroecology in the Agriculture Bill

Following a briefing given to a number of peers ahead of the House of Lords debate on the Agriculture Bill, which you can access here: https://bit.ly/3eh0wom the word 'agroecological' has been accepted into the Bill, along with 'organic', 'agroforestry' & 'nature friendly' - see below.

Agricology is about supporting practices to promote nature-friendly farming, that address climate change and ensure a secure supply of nutritious food for all. We urged our network to take action by writing to local MPs to let them know that the new Agriculture Bill needs to support a more resilient, diverse food system. Specifically we asked to support a transition to agroecological farming with R & D, training, and financial incentives and we are delighted to see these changes to the Bill to make it do a better job and support our farmers.

Clause 1

THE EARL OF CAITHNESS

Page 2, line 25, at end insert— "delivering nature-friendly farming." Member's explanatory statement. This amendment ensures that financial assistance is targeted at and supports nature-friendly farmers and land-users who carry out nature-friendly farming practices on their land.

LORD TEVERSON BARONESS BENNETT OF MANOR CASTLE

Page 2, line 25, at end insert— "establishing and maintaining agroforestry systems." Page 2, line 25, at end insert— "establishing and maintaining whole farm agroecological systems."

Page 2, line 36, at end insert— "agroforestry systems" means land management systems which integrate trees into productive farming landscapes, and include silvopasture, hedgerows with standards, coppice, orchards and farm woodland ."

THE EARL OF CAITHNESS

Page 3, line 15, at end insert— ""nature-friendly farming" means farming (including the use of organic and agroecological methods) for the benefit of species, biodiversity, soil health, landscapes, water and air quality, flood protection measures, climate change mitigation, wildlife and the environment."  Member's explanatory statement This amendment ensures that financial assistance is targeted at and supports nature-friendly farmers and land-users who carry out nature-friendly farming practices on their land

LORD TEVERSON BARONESS BENNETT OF MANOR CASTLE

Page 3, line 17, at end insert— ""whole farm agroecological systems" include any whole enterprise system for farming or land management which is designed to produce food or fuel while delivering environmental and social benefits, and may include organic farming ."