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Policy Update

Concerns about the Food Standards Agency’s framework for regulating gene-edited foods Last year the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Act 2023 was passed in Westminster, which represents a dramatic de-regulation of genetically engineered organisms.  CSA Network UK recently responded to a consultation seeking views on Food Standards Agency (FSA) proposals on... Read More...
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The House of Lords Horticultural Sector Committee’s 2022–23 report

The House of Lords Horticultural Sector Committee’s 2022–23 report, titled “Sowing the Seeds: A Blooming English Horticultural Sector,” focuses on the state and prospects of the horticultural industry. It contains evidence of why this country would benefit from backing its horticultural sector. The document delves into critical aspects, including workforce... Read More...
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Report Launch: Increasing Inclusion in Community Supported Agriculture

Our CSAs do a fantastic job producing nutritious food grown agro-ecologically, and building strong, mutually supportive food communities around their businesses. Our growers and farmers are at the forefront of transitioning to the sustainable food system we need for planetary survival.   At the same time, one of the significant issues... Read More...
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Cultivating Success

“Cultivating Success” was developed by the Fruit and Vegetable Alliance (a group of industry representatives from across the UK horticulture sector, of which we are a member) to inform the government’s Horticulture Strategy and set out our key short and long-term goals for a thriving UK horticulture sector. Now, more... Read More...
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The GREAT CSA Incubator programme

The GREAT CSA Incubator programme aims to support starter CSAs in Gloucestershire as part of the new Gloucestershire Regenerative Agriculture Transition (GREAT) Project run by the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West and funded by the Thirty-Percy Foundation.  The aim of the programme is to support new CSAs to... Read More...
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Dairy Code of Conduct Joint Letter

We are among a number of organisations who have signed a joint open letter to the Secretary of State calling for action on the delayed Dairy Code of Conduct. In 2021 it was announced that the new statutory Code would seek to “provide a guiding framework, establishing minimum standards but... Read More...
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Webinar on The new Genetic Technology Act – 10th May 2023

The new Genetic Technology Act is now law in the UK; however, a huge amount of safety regulations have been removed, such as labelling, traceability, ongoing monitoring, and environmental, health and safety assessments. The bill extends beyond the usual agricultural crops into a far wider range of plants, farmed animals,... Read More...
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Universal Basic Income For Farmers? A campaign discussion; have your say.

UBI4FARMERS is a campaign in the early stages of connecting farmers across the country to discuss the idea of a Universal Basic Income for Farmers, Farmworkers and Food Producers in the UK to help strengthen the food system. They hope to encourage farmers, farmworkers and food producers from all backgrounds... Read More...
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Defra key sector survey of supply chain vulnerabilities, inflationary pressures and energy costs – Closing 31st January 2023

Defra is conducting a periodic survey of crucial sectors to understand better supply chain vulnerabilities, inflationary pressures and energy costs.   The survey is now live and will run until 31st January 2023. Please click here to access the survey.   This survey is entirely voluntary. It is anonymous, and no personal... Read More...
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CSA Network UK signs letter to Scottish Parliamentarian

CSA Network UK signs letter to Scottish Parliamentarian CSA Network UK has become a signatory to a letter to Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands in Scottish Parliament, asking for meaningful policies to act on climate change and nature protection in food production. This has all come... Read More...
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Concerns that recent developments could lead to the deregulation of GM food

CSA Network UK has become a signatory to a letter to food retailers. 5 October 2022 We are writing to you, as leaders from civil society and the food and agriculture sector, who are committed to ensuring that all citizens have access to high-quality, nutritious food produced by environmentally friendly,... Read More...
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What’s going on with ELMs?

Policy update by Tali Eichner In September, the appointment of a new government brought speculation about the future of the new Environmental Land Management schemes (ELMs).  Defra has since confirmed that they are committed to going ahead with the schemes, although statements on the subject are somewhat vague, albeit with... Read More...
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Paid to have children on your farm?

We’ve all heard the story of the city kid who didn’t know carrots grow in the ground or that milk came out of a cow. You would hope that things are better these days and children are taught more in schools about where their food comes from. Just knowing where... Read More...

Delinked payments and lump sum consultation: add your voice

Defra have released a consultation Direct payments to farmers: Lump sum exit scheme and delinked payments in England and we are asking for members and supporters to respond to the consultation to ensure that these schemes support new entrants and CSA farmers too. Defra are proposing that in 2022, farmers who... Read More...

Council elections in England

Ahead of the local council elections taking place in England 6 May, we would like to invite CSA members to write to their local elected leaders and ask them to support CSA in their local area. Some ways to get involved: As soon as candidates in your local area are... Read More...

Policy round-up March 2021

With the recent Agriculture Bill, Brexit, DEFRA Agricultural Transition Plan and Environmental Land Management scheme, alongside an increasing interest in CSAs and small-scale farming, not to mention lots of upcoming government consultations and that we now have a policy member in the team – we thought it would be useful... Read More...

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