NFU president Minette Batters has said she will be pushing for Michael Gove to be referred to as the Secretary of State for Food and the Environment, not just the ‘Environment Secretary’.
Ms Batters made the remarks at the launch of a new campaign, Your Harvest, at the Cereals event in Cambridgeshire today.
The campaign has been set up to raise the political profile of the arable sector and connect consumers to the industry.
It is common practice for the media and others to refer to Mr Gove as the Environment Secretary, but Ms Batters said it would be impossible to protect nature in future if farmers were not properly supported to produce food.
“Michael Gove has clearly taken ownership of the environment”, she added.
“He is now only referred to as the Secretary of State for the Environment, and as of today, I want to turn that acronym round. For us, he is very much now the Secretary of State for Food and the Environment.
“If you get the economics right and if you get the food bit right, you do stand some chance of getting a Green Brexit.
“If you do not get the food bit right; if you do not get the production element right; if you do not get the profitability right; then you will never deliver on a Green Brexit.”
As part of the campaign, arable farmers are being urged to spare two hours of their harvest to host a visit from their MP.
The idea is to showcase the positive things the sector has to offer, as opposed to hitting the headlines for crop protection issues.
“For me, the really important thing about the arable sector is it underpins all the other sectors. Without a thriving, profitable arable sector, other sectors suffer as well”, Ms Batters said.
You can download a leaflet about the campaign HERE.