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Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Pricey Mr Reed, 4 – your 5 priorities – Mark Avery


Pricey Mr Reed, welcome to your new job. All of it will get actual now.

Yesterday you set out your 5 priorities for Defra;

  • clear rivers
  • zero waste economic system
  • meals safety
  • nature restoration
  • lowering flood danger

These are good as headlines and exhibit extra strategic thought than now we have seen from the Tories in 14 years.

All people has been speeding to congratulate you in your job and say that they’re trying ahead to working with you – you don’t have to pay a lot consideration to that, all of them need issues from you. Quite completely different was Wild Justice’s welcome – click on right here – which stated that they hoped you wouldn’t make illegal selections however should you did you’d be added to the checklist of Defra Secretaries of State who would face authorized challenges (I communicate as a co-director of Wild Justice).

However the world will probably be congratulating you, and so will the citizens, if within the subsequent 5 years you make important progress on every of your 5 priorities.

You will need to know this, however land use is a big a part of the options to at the least three of your 5 priorities. If Labour builds homes within the unsuitable locations then flood danger will worsen and the price of insurance coverage and government-funded adaptation will rise. Clear rivers will solely come about by regulating each the water and farming industries – the River Wye isn’t polluted with human shit however with rooster shit and run-off of agricultural chemical compounds.

You will have to make a tough determination between land-sharing and land-sparing. Can nature restoration occur if meals manufacturing will increase even additional with out some land being put aside for nature? That could be some land heading in the direction of the rewilding finish of the spectrum. There are some straightforward selections – the uplands are unimportant in meals manufacturing phrases and but might be fantastic for nature, flood aid and clear water so they need to head within the wilder route.

Good headlines, significantly since they weren’t clear within the manifesto. Good luck with supply. Extra on that tomorrow.

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