New Spokesman: Nature and Environmental Protection

Monty Brack

September 9th 2020

 

In the For Britain Movement, we believe that we have a responsibility towards future generations and to conserve an unspoilt and diverse environment. A healthy environment is the basis for human life for this and future generations. However, nature conservation should not be to the detriment of mankind.

Nature and environmental protection: agriculture, forestry, the sea and land areas must be set aside where nature is allowed to flourish without interference. These untouched areas secure the survival of many rare plant and animal species.

The For Britain Movement is committed to the protection of the environment and the conservation of nature. It considers humans not as aliens and intruders, but as valued and helpful agents in an integrated action plan. We are guided by the vision that a healthy environment and a diversity of species form the foundation of human livelihood and the wellbeing of future generations. Therefore, precautions must be taken to protect resources such as soil, water, air, landscape, fauna, and flora from exploitation. The priorities of The For Britain Movement’s environmental policy are, therefore, to minimise the consumption of uncultivated land, reduce soil and water pollution, and improve the quality of the air. In addition, measures would be taken to curb noise pollution.

Until proven harmless, The For Britain Movement opposes the use of the pesticide glycol-phosphate, which the WHO rates as likely to be carcinogenic.  We must farm healthy foods for a healthy population.

The For Britain Movement is committed to a rigorous implementation of animal protection acts. Animals are not soulless objects, but fellow creatures. Exceptions for cruel and unnecessary animal experiments should not be permitted, even if conducted for scientific purposes. As sensitive creatures, animals have the right to suitable housing and handling, be it in private households or animal husbandry. Legal regulations must be enforced for appropriate husbandry conditions for each species, whether this is in the context of industrial livestock farming, zoos, circuses (a ban on the keeping of large wild animals), marine life aquaria, or households.

Within Britain, the transport of animals for slaughter should only be permissible over short distances. Farmers rearing livestock for food production have the responsibility of ensuring that their products are free of antibiotic residues and the antibiotic-resistant MRSA bacteria. Because of the growing spread of MRSA, the treatment of livestock with antibiotics must be kept to a minimum.

The For Britain Movement is convinced that professionally run farms which are rooted in their historic environments are best suited to produce food which is both marketable and environmentally responsible. The goal is to produce, on a sustainable basis, high quality, healthy food that is free of chemical residues, and which remains affordable. Furthermore, we would insist on detailed information on food, and transparency as to its origin. Current EU regulations, which only require limited information from food suppliers, mislead consumers. There is a need for different farming concepts.  We therefore have an opportunity to put this right upon our departure from the EU.

The For Britain Movement will strive to improve the general framework of a sustainable and productive agricultural sector, with the promotion of small and medium-sized farming units. Subsidies are currently granted according to a scattergun approach, and their bureaucratic excesses will have to be abolished step by step. Farmers, once again, should be granted the freedom to make their own decisions. Farming needs to become an attractive profession again.  For Britain will work to make this happen.

 

Monty Brack

Agriculture and Rural Development Spokesman

For Britain 

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