Forests: Commodities

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th July 2022.

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Photo of Daisy Cooper Daisy Cooper Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Government response to the Consultation on implementing due diligence on forest risk commodities, published June 2022, if he will make it his policy to include cattle and cattle products in the regulations which will implement the first phase of Schedule 17 of the Environment Act, in response to the 99 per cent of responses in that consultation which were in favour of that approach.

Photo of Daisy Cooper Daisy Cooper Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the report by Global Witness, entitled Cash Cow, published on 23 June 2022, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including cattle and cattle products in the regulations which will implement first phase of Schedule 17 of the Environment Act, in response to the findings of that report that cattle and cattle products are responsible for the largest proportion of the UK’s deforestation footprint globally.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The UK is committed to tackling deforestation and protecting forests, and has taken action through our world leading Environment Act to deliver that. We recently consulted on implementing a key measure of the Act, mandatory due diligence on forest risk commodities, and on 1 June 2022 we published the government response: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/933985/due-diligence-forest-risk-commodities-government-response.pdf

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