In this week’s podcast, Patrick is joined by Lord Benyon, the UK’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at DEFRA.
Lord Benyon is himself a farmer and landowner and was a Member of Parliament for 15 years, serving as Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries during the coalition government. Patrick asks challenging questions about whether the Environmental Land Management (ELM) schemes are going to do enough to shift the balance of profitability, so that farmers are paid for doing the right thing.
“We talk about farming like it’s one industry…it’s not, it’s about trying to create a system that would take everyone in the same direction and it’s extremely difficult but achievable. ”