Spin doctors distort deregulation report on farming

Misleading claims about the content of a report by the Government's Better Regulation Task Force on the impact of environmental regulation on agriculture overshadowed its publication on 15 November. 1 The report expressly rejects claims that the UK implements EC legislation more zealously than other Member States, and that UK farmers are more heavily regulated than their main continental competitors. It makes important recommendations on groundwater, waste and the pesticides tax. But its most radical proposals are for a stronger advisory role by the Environment Agency and privatisation of some inspection functions.

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