The Importance Of Wildflowers
I am pleased that the Tory Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, is expressing opportunities for enhancing our natural environment if we leave the EU and are no longer subject to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
It’s an opportunity for British farmers to adapt to more sustainable farming methods, rather than relying on subsidy.
So many of our natural wildflower meadows have been lost in recent decades.
I think we sometimes kid ourselves that having wildflowers grow on the roadside, next to constant flows of heavy traffic, somehow makes up for the loss.
My own preference would be for all of the people across Europe to work together to improve the prospects for nature.
The bigger worry, right now, is that the terms on which we leave may be so damaging to our economy that neither farmers or government will have the resources to invest in protecting and enhancing our environment.
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