14 June 1996

CPRE report launched

CAMPAIGNERS are calling for a national inquiry into the priorities for sustainable agriculture in the UK.

The call is one of a list of recommendations made in a report commissioned by the Council for the Protection of Rural England and the World Wide Fund For Nature.

Launching the report, CPRE president Jonathan Dimbleby said there had been a welcome growth in the farming industrys environmental awareness. But despite this the report had found compelling evidence of significant environmental damage caused by current farming activities.

It recommends a radical overhaul of farm policy and practice including CAP reform to redirect support towards environmental and social policy goals.

It also calls for the wider adoption of organic and other low-input systems and improved research and information.