Farm for Scotland's Future

Tell your MSPs to 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 the second biggest source 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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Farm for Scotland's Future News

Letter to Mairi Gougeon on farming’s contribution to Net Zero

On 2 May, 21 organisations wrote to Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands, calling for a marked increase in the pace and scope of change in Scotland's farm support system, to enable farming to meaningfully contribute to Scotland reaching Net Zero.

Environmental requirements for farming must be upheld

Members of Scottish Environment LINK have called on the Scottish government to uphold requirements for farmers to meet environmental regulations, following calls from NFU Scotland to remove or weaken many of those requirements.