Improved crop protection can be achieved in a safe way to improve the environment and food security. The UK must not be left behind.
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Richard Holden: The Japan trade deal, future CPTPP membership – deliverers of wages, prosperity and work to my Durham constituents.
They can seem remote from the everyday priorities of people here at home. But at its heart, trade is a powerful way to deliver what people really care about.
Debate on the Agriculture Bill gives them the chance to call for more effective measures than those which independent assessments find wanting.
It is deeply dangerous for discussions around this sector to not only exclude half of the population by gender, but ignore wider demographic change.
Stephen Booth: To reach a best in class trade deal with New Zealand and Australia, we need to liberalise on agriculture
The crux of the trade negotiations is to what degree we’re prepared to do this – in return for a high-quality agreement on trade in services, data and investment.
Stephen Booth: Why Stilton matters to the Japanese trade deal – and how talks can bring the UK closer to the CPTPP
Trade negotiations and agreements are inherently political.
Andrew Bowie: Evidence today that Ministers won’t negotiate trade deals that expose British farmers to unfair competition
I, for one, see this new Commission as further evidence that the Government will take expert advice that benefits farmers and consumers.
New opportunities for our exporters, and the foundations for a powerful international partnership with the clout to take on Brussels or Beijing.
The transition is much-needed for sustainability. But it must begin with a manageable reduction in the payments. Or we could be plunged into crisis.
There is precedent for using tariffs to reward those who meet higher standards, and major American producers would be on board.
Groups of MPs are able to beat their jungle drums into a frenzy. And the powers-that-be have limited capacity to quieten them.
Ben Goldsmith: Younger, leave-backing voters want a greener, environmentally-aware Conservative Party
We have a tremendous opportunity to lead the response, and we must not cede any ground to a newly energised anti-environment lobby.
People cannot simply be viewed as consumers or producers – there are other dimensions to policy, including the stewardship of the countryside.
The idea that we should not seek the closest commercial relationship with the United States is unconscionable.
We owe farmers a mass thank you for their sterling efforts in fuelling the nation at this crucial time – and there are policy lessons to be learnt.