An ambitious and revolutionary approach to levelling up rural Britain can create jobs, boost green economic growth, increase exports and improve the wellbeing of the entire nation, as highlighted in the NFU’s Levelling Up report.
‘Levelling up rural Britain’, highlights how British farming and rural Britain can provide the solution to many of the challenges the nation faces by driving sustainable food production and pioneering food policy that produces carbon-neutral food.
It also showcases how rural Britain is uniquely placed to help the recovery of the nation from Covid-19, delivering physical and mental health through the farmed landscape – which has been a lifeline for so many during lockdown – and supporting the return to whole-food cooking with nutritious, sustainable and affordable British food.
The report says that no one should be disadvantaged by where they live or where their business is based. It highlights several areas where the rural and urban divide continues to grow, including:
Quote from Minette Batters, NFU President:
“Investment in farming and in rural Britain not only brings about obvious benefits to food production, but can have massive benefits to the whole country. If the past 18 months has taught us one thing, it’s that we are all in this together – and a country which levels up everyone, everywhere, is a stronger country.
“Levelling up Britain is not just a north and south issue. Levelling up Britain is also a rural and urban issue. We need to enable collaborative green growth to level up rural Britain, providing the economic solutions to a truly one nation UK.
“Our report highlights four principles that form the basis of a new, ambitious approach. If we get it right, it can help our whole country and everybody living within it.
“Rural Britain can deliver jobs, green growth, exports and wellbeing for a nation in recovery.”
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