This new group – launched in April 2023 – is an exciting opportunity to build on efforts to advance agroecological approaches to food and farming in UK policy.
Parliamentarians for Agroecology replaces the previously registered All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agroecology for Sustainable Food and Farming and is the only group in Parliament to actively promote sustainable food and farming.
Whilst a fresh approach, the group welcomes supporters of the former APPG and a number of new faces, from both Houses of Parliament and across political parties, and seeks to build on the previous work of the APPG, which managed to take agroecology from the fringe of the food and farming debate in Westminster right to the centre over the past 12 years.
Efforts to advance agroecology remain vital in Westminster as the UK continues to develop its post-Brexit farming policy. In this crucial phase, it’s vital that small family farms and agroecological producers are supported and environmental protections and standards aren’t abandoned or lowered. This would lead to increasingly intensive agriculture.
The group will seek to champion key subjects, from soil health and climate change to biodiversity loss and animal welfare, advancing support and awareness on issues facing agroecology.
The Real Farming Trust provides the secretariat for Parliamentarians for Agroecology.