NFU responds to consultation to introduce new laws to end illegal deforestation

09 October 2020

Farm business

The NFU has responded to a Defra consultation seeking views on whether the UK government should introduce a new law designed to prevent forests and other important natural areas from being converted illegally into agricultural land. The proposed law would require larger businesses to ensure that the ‘forest risk’ commodities they use have been produced legally.

This proposal would make it illegal for larger businesses to use forest risk commodities that have not been produced to the relevant local laws, and they would need to take steps (undertake due diligence) to show that they have taken proportionate action to show this is the case. This would set a clear requirement on businesses, and those who do not comply would be subject to fines. The approach focusses on larger businesses as they have the influence to send a positive signal to producers.

The NFU has focussed its response on sustainable soya sourcing and members can read a full version of the response below.

NFU members can download the Due diligence on forest risk commodities consultation response here.

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