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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: our priorities


Support and develop British farming and encourage sustainable food production
Enhance the competitiveness and resilience of the whole food chain, including farms and the fishing industry, to ensure a secure, environmentally sustainable and healthy supply of food with improved standards of animal welfare

Enhance the environment and biodiversity to improve quality of life
Enhance and protect the natural environment, including biodiversity and the marine environment, by reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and preventing habitat loss and degradation

Support a strong and sustainable green economy, including thriving rural communities, resilient to climate change
Create the conditions in which businesses can innovate, invest and grow; promote rural communities; encourage businesses, people and communities to use natural resources sustainably and reduce waste; and ensure that the UK economy is resilient to climate change