FOOD & ENVIRONMENT

Healthy affordable food for all

  • agricultural land is protected from development and degradation, to ensure food security
  • farming is organic, low input and low-carbon, so improving the productive potential of agricultural land, improving environmental quality and biodiversity and keeping food free from pesticides
  • local farms will serve local markets, replacing the current industrial food system in which standardised foods, imported from hundreds or thousands of miles away, are sold in massive supermarkets owned by foreign multinationals
  • children will take part in practical education from an early age in how to grow vegetables and fruit and how to cook healthy and sustainable food
  • there is increased community access to growing space such as allotments, garden sharing and community food growing projects
  • soil and land quality are protected so that we can provide nutritious and healthy food for this and future generations [from Theme 4]

Clean air and water

  • energy is produced only from renewable sources, minimising harmful emissions
  • domestic heating is carbon-free – using heat pumps, solar, sustainable woodland and anaerobic digestion – and delivered in urban areas through district heating systems
  • we will be moving towards carbon-free transport
  • many more trees are planted, both in towns and cities and in rural areas, to absorb pollution and reduce run-off of silt into rivers [from Theme 4]
  • pollution of water courses by chemicals is reduced by transforming agriculture to low-carbon and low-input systems [from Theme 4]
  • all water courses will be clean enough to support the full natural range of flora and fauna.

Unspoiled spaces for exercise and relaxation

  • green spaces, both large and small, will be protected from development and degradation and, where possible, enhanced for recreation and biodiversity.
  • many more foot paths and cycle ways, separate from roads, have been built or enhanced

Biodiversity and the ecosystem

  • many more trees have been planted, or have naturally regenerated, both in towns and cities and in rural areas, to absorb pollution, reduce flooding risk, protect and enhance soils and watercourses and enhance biodiversity [from Theme 4]
  • the protection, and enhancement, of biodiversity is encouraged everywhere, from city centres to suburban gardens and from public parks to farms, forests and moorlands.
  • farming is organic, low input and low-carbon, so improving the productive potential of agricultural land and improving environmental quality and biodiversity

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