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.

This 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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WATCH: Farm for Scotland’s Future webinar

Watch the video of our Farm for Scotland's Future webinar to find out more about why farming is crucial to restoring Scotland’s nature and tackling climate change, and why we need a new funding system to help all farmers and crofters make the transition to sustainable farming.

Dear Cabinet Secretary, farming matters to Scotland’s people

Today members of Scottish Environment LINK’s Farm for Scotland’s Future campaign presented Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, with a petition calling for a new farm funding system that works for nature, climate, and people.

Farming isn’t the problem. It’s part of the solution.

A growing number of farmers and crofters are already working with nature and climate in mind by keeping their soils healthy, planting trees, and making space for wildlife but these farmers and crofters need more support.

Farming for a world richer in nature

Over the decades, agriculture policy has focussed primarily on food production with nature and the climate side-lined. But with so much agricultural land, there’s enormous potential to redress this and create a more harmonious relationship.