An agroecological transition is vital to ensure that the UK can continue to produce healthy, local, and affordable food for generations to come.
The productivist farming model both in the UK and globally has proven to be grossly unsustainable. Intensive farming practices which prioritise high yields and the commodification of food goods above soil health, climate, nutrition and biodiversity have contributed to environmental destruction on such a level that we cannot sustain this method of food production for any longer.
An agroecological transition towards a food production system which works with nature, rather than against it, is vital to ensuring that the UK is able to continue to produce healthy, local, and affordable food for generations to come. Although the principles of agroecology are straightforward, application of these principles in practice requires careful design of agricultural systems and a knowledge of agroecological techniques, meaning farmers may need substantial support to make the investments necessary for change. As we embark on a post-Brexit Agricultural Transition, it is imperative that the UK government and devolved administrations understand agroecology as a real solution to the food production and environmental crises we face.