1st Nov


TFA Media Release 17/31 – TFA Welcomes New RSA Commission on Food Farming and the Countryside

TFA Welcomes New RSA Commission on Food Farming and the Countryside

The Tenant Farmers Association has welcomed the launch of a new RSA Commission seeking to engage widely with the British public to establish a mandate for change for food farming and the countryside in the wake of the decision of Britain to leave the European Union.

TFA Chief Executive George Dunn said “By any measure the UKs exit from the European Union represents a major milestone in our country’s history. Undoubtedly some of the biggest ramifications of that decision impact upon the landscape of food, farming and the countryside. Much has already been said, written about and debated in this space, however this has mostly been by those he might term as ‘the usual suspects’ including organisations like the TFA. What this new Commission will do is to engage the wider public to ensure we hear the voice of UK citizens articulating what is important to them and how this should be reflected in policy and practice in the post Brexit era.”

The Commission, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, aims to do three things:

Inspire and develop a widely shared mandate for change.
Set out a vision that is fairer, can stand the test of time and aligns more closely with public expectations and values.
Propose solutions to achieve that vision, identifying where communities and business can take the lead and were national policy is essential.

“The last Commission which looked at these issues was chaired by Sir Don (now Lord) Curry in the wake of the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak. That was established by the Cabinet Office and whilst the RSA Commission is very different, it picks up the theme highlighted by the Curry Commission that the general public can be seen as disconnected from what happens within farming and I certainly hope that the RSA will achieve much in bridging that gap,” said Mr Dunn.

“It is essential that we build a new consensus around the future of food, farming and the countryside both to inform Government and ourselves about the next steps we should take in policy and practice,” said Mr Dunn.

Ref: MR 17/31
Date: 01 November 2017

Notes for Editors:
A copy of the Commission prospectus can be viewed by clicking here.

For further information contact George Dunn on 07721 998961 or Harley Coles, TFA Communications and Events Co-ordinator on 0118 930 6130 or 07887 77715.

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