The Fu­ture of the Coun­try­side

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild At Home - COST­ING THE EARTH: WWW.BBC.CO.UK/PRO­GRAMMES

Britain’s post-Brexit food se­cu­rity has made head­lines re­cently, with the National Farmers’ Union claim­ing that the UK – which to­day pro­duces only 60 per cent of what it needs – would run out of food by Au­gust each year in the event of a no-deal Brexit. So this four-way de­bate on the na­tion’s farm­ing fu­ture, hosted by Cost­ing the Earth reg­u­lar Tom Heap, is par­tic­u­larly timely. Join a farmer, an agri­cul­tural sci­en­tist, a green econ­o­mist and a food cam­paigner as they dis­cuss how pub­lic in­vest­ment should best be spent to en­sure both in­creased food pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity and the raft of en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits that the gov­ern­ment says is its pri­or­ity.

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