More than 200 ways to cut farm ‘red tape’ have been suggested by the farming regulation task force set up by the environment department (DEFRA) last year.
Among the more radical proposals is that farming should be removed completely from the EU Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive. This would require renegotiation at EU level.
The task force is the first to report back to DEFRA as part of its participation in the coalition drive for deregulation (ENDS Report 435, pp 48-49). There are similar task forces on forestry and fish farming.