Farm for Scotland's Future

Make farming work for nature, climate and people

Farming is vital to Scotland’s future. As well as producing food, farmers and crofters manage three quarters of Scotland’s land.

But many current farming practices cause pollution and severely deplete our wildlife. Farming is also one of the top three sources of climate emissions in Scotland.

The Scottish government spends more than half a billion pounds on farm funding every year. Yet it is failing to help farmers and crofters to protect and restore Scotland’s nature or tackle climate change.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Next year, with the introduction of new Scottish agriculture legislation, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a better system.

More than 20 environment charities, members of Scottish Environment LINK, have joined with farmers’ groups to demand change. We’re calling on the Scottish government to:

Replace the decades-old farm funding system with one that works for nature, climate and people.

Ensure at least three quarters of public spending on farming supports methods that restore nature and tackle climate change.

Support all farmers and crofters in the transition to sustainable farming.

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Farm for Scotland's Future News

Farm funding in Scotland – past, present and future

It’s fair to say that many of us in Scotland feel a deep affinity with farming and the landscapes and cultures it creates. However, the policy and the public money that supports the majority of farming isn’t well understood.

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Integrating trees with farming and crofting

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