Gove Oxford Speech 2018 (Q&A Session after the speech with Zac…
Gove Oxford Speech 2018
Accelerating change is the new normal
Sentiment of 'what we need most is certainty' will leave us less equipped to deal with what arrives
Do not need to continue with CAP
Do not need to pay based on amount of land - CAP is flawed and entrenches lower productivity
Processes are not great. Rural payments take too long to get to farmers
Different regulatory culture when we leave the EU
Countryside stewardship - application must take a maximum of a day - needs to be more responsive and efficient
Change approach to inspection
inspect too often, ineffective and the wrong thing. Duplication between agencies and no proper coordination. Rigid on things that don't matter, sloppy with things that do
Modernisation - defra still uses carbon paper
Data analytics should be exploited to shape and refine policy and delivery
Drive change in 4 key areas
Develop a coherent policy on food
integrate the needs of agriculture businesses, consumers, public health and the environment
Core element of Defra mission - helping farmers produce well priced, healthy food
Greater market access
Policy that looks at the food chain as a whole
compete at the top of the value chain.
New gold standard metric for quality - new food labelling - a single, scaled measure
fairness in the supply chain
Adapt to the future
Give farmers/land manager the time and the tools to do it
avoid 'cliff edge' but prepare properly for the changes that are coming
sensors for livestock
automation and machine learning
precision mapping of cultivated areas
integrate research work
needs proper infrastructure - broadband & 5G
A new method of financial support
move away from subsidies for inefficiency - use public money for public good
targeted, proportionate, limited
improving public health? social inclusion?
Build natural capital thinking
New approach to all land use and management
develop a truly sustainable countryside
Build eco system services - increasing biodiversity and water quality
worth is beyond it's capital value
need to capture these values into public policy
Q&A Session after the speech with Zac Goldsmith
Can you outline the vision that will underpin the decisions as you rewrite CAP
We use £3bn and that is poorly spent - public money goes to largest land owners, which is wrong as a matter of principle.
It rewards inefficiency and drives yield only.
Public money should reward those who look after the environment, look after the soil and think hard about respectful behaviour. Sustainable. Wildlife habitats.
The money should be an investment for the future, not intensive farming. Encourage farming in a way that we need to put back in, care & cultivation. Risk unsustainable outcomes.
Smallest farms employ more people. What changes will we see to support small farms?
Value of agricultural land will fall, so easier to enter to business. Anticipates new entrants with different ideas
Old view - farming would be done by 'farming families'. New ways will encourage people who want to do things differently
One lever available to government is procurement. Is it not time to make this best practice? Local Authorities buying locally etc.
Hidden costs of cheap food - environmental costs, health costs. Not enough to look at the financial cost.
Proportionate government regulation can be used to drive high quality food.
Defra research - drop in bird numbers, because of chemical use on land. Are we moving towards organic?
Should be more sustainable. Organic movement has done great work but cannot prescribe
Possible to help farmers transition
technology could help to reduce chemical use. Key is using the right mix of tools.
Brexit & Trade. Report on agro-ecology. Concern relates to tension between Defra and others. How will that be managed?
UK food production is competing at the top of the value chain.
Trade deals live or die on basis that public support them
Apply standards at the point of entry - food produced in other countries allow us to say 'we don't want food produced like that here'.
Standards of animal welfare. Still not great - is it going to improve from regulation?
Not getting into specifics but open to advice
What happens if Gove is moved? How entrenched is this agenda?
It's entrenched as it's driven by public opinion