Peers push for climate amendments to the Agriculture Bill
Peers for the Planet Co-Chair, Baroness Worthington, asks the Government to include a net-zero provision on the face of the Agriculture Bill
The Agriculture Bill is currently going through it's Committee Stage in the House of Lords and Peers have tabled detailed amendments that would link the Bill to existing climate treaties, such as the Paris Agreement, and domestic legislation, like the 2019 net-zero 2050 amendment to the Climate Change Act 2008. The amendments would require the agriculture sector to reduce its emissions in line with net-zero.
Peers have also been pressing the case for a shift to agroecology and agroforestry; an effective regulatory system; maintaining environmental and animal welfare standards, including in respect of UK trade deals; improved public health provisions; and a more strategic approach overall to UK land use.
The Committee Stage debates will continue over the next week with a view to them being completed before the House rises for summer recess.