The BAB office has helped British farmers navigate and adapt to huge changes over the past 50 years. The introduction of direct payments, the end of quotas, and the introduction of the World Trade Organization among them. It has advised on technology and innovation, and new environmental targets.
It advocates on behalf of its farming members to the European institutions, other European partners and Brussels stakeholders.
The Presidents of the four UK farming unions were joined by MEPs, members of the EU Agriculture Commissioner’s cabinet, the UK ambassadors to the EU and Belgium, and members of the European farming group Copa-Cogeca to mark its milestone 50th year.
In a joint statement, the UK farming union Presidents said: “Even though the UK has left the EU, it has never been more important for farmers across Europe to work together to tackle the challenges we face on a global scale.
“The Russian invasion of Ukraine has shone a light on the fragility of food systems across the world. There are many countries now confronting the reality of how farmers can continue to feed the world when supply chains are pushed to their limits, input costs are soaring, and climate change is wreaking havoc on harvests.”
Presidents of the UK farming unions
“The Russian invasion of Ukraine has shone a light on the fragility of food systems across the world. There are many countries now confronting the reality of how farmers can continue to feed the world when supply chains are pushed to their limits, input costs are soaring, and climate change is wreaking havoc on harvests.
“But the war has also demonstrated the importance of international unity. Ultimately, if we are to feed 10 billion people by 2050, global food security must be a priority and this means working together across borders to find solutions.
“The approaches taken by our policy makers may differ, but the ambitions and needs of UK and EU farmers remain aligned. We want to run efficient, profitable businesses that produce world-leading, climate-friendly, affordable food for people at home and abroad.
“The BAB team here in Brussels has a huge amount of work ahead. Though the nature of that work is evolving as the UK navigates its new position outside of the EU, we will continue to support members by working with our European colleagues and ensuring that the voice of British farming is heard internationally.”