Sustain is supporting a group of British farmers who are calling on Members of Parliament to back British food and farming standards in the Agriculture Bill and in trade deals.
This letter is for any farmer, farm worker or land manager to add their name too. Please show your support by using the below tool.
We will be presenting this to MPs to show the wide and deep ranging support from across the farming sector for British environment, animal welfare and food standards to be safeguarded and upheld.
Open farmer letter
Dear Members of Parliament,
We are a group of farmers calling on MPs to enshrine our environment, animal welfare and food standards that we are proud to work to, in the Agriculture Bill.
Various trade and legal experts have said it is possible to follow international trade laws and restrict low-quality imports. The government should explore this route. We also know that farmers in developing nations already trade with us on our terms and that high standards are good for all parties involved. We should not sign trade deals that encourage a race to the bottom for farmers anywhere.
Importing low-quality agri-food products presents the prospect of pushing British farmers over the cliff-edge and further degrading the environment. Neither we nor the public want this, as repeated surveys and petitions have shown.
By enshrining standards into law, MPs will be providing the bedrock from which British farmers and food producers can build a more sustainable and thriving future. Surely this is something that you want to champion.
Helen Browning OBE (Bishopstone, Wiltshire)
Jake Fiennes (Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk)
Hannah Jackson (Croglin, Cumbria)
Joe Stanley (Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire)
Alastair Leake (Loddington, Rutland)
Daniel Burdett (Haywards Heath, West Sussex)
Helen and James Rebanks (Penrith, Cumbria)
Patrick Holden CBE (Ceredigion, Wales)
Neil Heseltine (Malham, Yorkshire Dales)
Jim Beary (Peak District, South Yorkshire)
Jimmy Doherty (Ipswich, Suffolk)
Fidelity Weston (Sevenoaks, Kent)
Martin Lines (Cambridgeshire farmer and Chair, Nature Friendly Farming Network)