Some farming and land management activities are regulated to safeguard our environment and to protect the health of animals, plants and people. We do this through around 150 pieces of legislation, comprising primary and secondary legislation. All of this legislation applies to agricultural activity, and collectively constitutes what is known as the ‘regulatory baseline for agriculture’. This is a complex legislative picture and is not easy to navigate – we intend to improve and evolve this baseline in future as part of our agricultural transition outside of the European Union (EU).
Lauren Bradley is Policy Team Leader of the Agricultural Regulatory Reform Co-ordination Team, which sits within Regulation and Enforcement.
Lauren's team look at potential changes to the domestic legislation applicable to farming activities; aiming to ensure our regulations are clear, outcome-focused and proportionate, as well as supporting our environmental goals.
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