‘Free for all’: EA officers ‘inspect just one farm every 263 years’

Environment Agency (EA) officers made just 403 visits to registered farm businesses in England in 2018/19 - suggesting that farmers can expect to receive an inspection from the regulator once every 263 years - an NGO has claimed following a freedom of information (FOI) request.

by Conor McGlone
Eutrophication - a process that causes an algal bloom due fertiliser pollution. Photograph: Robert Brook/Science Photo Library/Getty Images
Eutrophication - a process that causes an algal bloom due fertiliser pollution. Photograph: Robert Brook/Science Photo Library/Getty Images

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