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Gove sets out key areas for farming reform

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By Matthew Limb

Environment secretary Michael Gove has pledged that the UK will develop a new system of food labelling that will secure recognition for high animal welfare standards.

He said the UK could establish a ‘world-leading’ measure of farm and food quality after it leaves the European Union in March 2019.

This would show how farmers and food producers were performing on animal welfare and areas such as control of pollution, contribution to water quality and soil health, he said.

Such a ‘gold standard metric’ for farm and food quality would enable the UK to compete for access to global markets.

Gove said it would be ‘foolish’ for the UK to lower animal welfare or environmental standards in trade deals, and in so doing ‘undercut our own reputation for quality’.

‘We will succeed in the global market place because we are competing at the top of the value chain, not trying to win a race to the bottom,’ he said.

Gove set out …

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