Common Agricultural Policy

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons the Government's command paper, Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit, Cm. 9577, published on 27 February 2018, does not reference the role of agricultural policy in supporting public health and tackling diet-related disease.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The food we eat affects our health and well-being and our connectedness to the world around us. In our consultation we recognise that leaving the EU will allow us to design a future agriculture policy which promotes environmental enhancement, supports profitable food production and contributes to a healthier society.

In the consultation paper we propose a range of ideas to increase productivity, exploit new technology and research and improve animal health and welfare - all of which support better environmental and public health outcomes.

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