According to an article in Horticulture Week, Environment secretary Caroline Spelman met prime minister David Cameron to launch a Structural Reform Plan which the Government claimed puts “green thinking at the heart of the economic recovery”. The plan lays down three departmental priorities;
- To support and develop British farming whilst encouraging sustainable food production.
- Help enhance the environment and biodiversity to improve quality of life.
- Support a strong and sustainable green economy, resilient to climate change.
Spelman said: “The coalition Government has pledged to be the greenest Government ever. That means making sure we have the greenest economy ever. “Businesses, communities and individuals need to be supported to innovate and invest, use resources sustainably and reduce waste so that the economy is resilient to climate change. The food and farming industry, from the farm to the plate, has demonstrated its ability to withstand economic shocks and will be a pillar of the new green economy, so it is vital that we do what we can to enhance its competitiveness.” Read full article