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Food, Land and Sea


Please note the below information is not the final Devon Carbon Plan, but formed part of initial engagement about what should be in the Plan:

Need a holistic, whole catchment approach to land & marine management.

Learn from and share existing best practice in Devon and beyond.

Public and farmers require support to shift to a net-zero food and farming culture.

Regional farming needs greater support, including funding and removal of national policy barriers.

Need to better understand the opportunities and limits of marine sequestered carbon.

National policy will be highly influential in ability of Devon to achieve net-zero carbon food and farming

Participants

Co-Chairs

Laura Cardenas

Gill Westcott

Suzanne Goodfellow

Witnesses

Ian Smith

Rebecca Sandover

Patrick Holden

Isabel Carlisle

Steve Widdecombe

Andrew Bell, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Coordinator

Caroline Aitken

Nigel Mortimer

Harriet Bell, The Dartington Hall Trust

Nicola Beaumont

Ruth Hancock, Land Workers Alliance

Alison Kohler, Dartmoor National Park Authority

Key Points Summary

Key Outcomes

  • We need to take a holistic, whole catchment approach to land and marine management.
  • Must learn from and share existing best practice in Devon and beyond – create mechanisms for this e.g farmer networks and demonstration farms.
  • Public and farmers need access and support to acquire the information and skills to shift to net-zero food and farming culture.
  • Public procurement is a key lever for supporting sustainable agriculture and food culture.
  • Regional farming, processing and distribution infrastructure needs greater support, including funding and removal of national policy barriers.
  • Need to better understand “blue carbon” opportunities and limits – marine sequestered carbon.
  • National policy and subsidy framework will be highly influential in ability of Devon to achieve net-zero carbon food and farming – including ways to internalize socio-ecological externalities.

Key Actions

Ensure joined up policy, regulation and planning to support the public goods of healthy and sustainable food in Devon.

Shift to net-zero food culture and diet

National taxation to influence behaviour: e.g. a carbon tax on foods

Re-localise farming infrastructure and networks: e.g. abattoirs, food processing equipment such as dehydrators etc.

Restore and enhance natural carbon sinks & biodiversity

Download PDF summary of the key outcomes here.

Watch the Part 1 of the hearing on YouTube here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here.

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