What does the Agriculture Bill mean for the natural environment?

The new Agriculture Bill promises radical changes to how farmers and land managers receive financial support. But does fulfil the government’s promise of a ‘green Brexit’? Simon Pickstone investigates

Tractor ploughing field, farmland soil
The Agriculture Bill seeks to allocate farm payments according to the provision of environmental goods

After months of anticipation, the government this week released its Agriculture Bill. While MPs, green groups and the farming lobby are still working their way through the fine details, it is clear that the bill signals a radical departure from the emphasis on security of food supply currently found in the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

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