Defra claims UK taxpayers’ subsidise animal agriculture £2.4 billion last year 2020
“Defra valued the economic contribution of UK farming last year at £9.4 billion” (Sept 2021).
🔗 Source: #farmingCan underpin the economy
Government estimates cost of all farming at 2.4 billion per year, on average.
“Over this Parliament, the government has committed to maintaining the current levels of investment in farming of £2.4bn per year, on average”.
🔗 Source: The Path to Sustainable Farming: An Agricultural Transition Plan 2021 to 2024
What the UK government does not count
But the government does not count as part of the 2.4 billion the costs to the NHS (and therefore the taxpayer) of animal agriculture related illness and deaths from direct health impacts, zoonotic diseases, pandemics, antimicrobial resistance and climate and environmental related impacts.
Defra’s Farm Accounts England report of 18 th February 2021 shows the latest subsidy figures (figure 1-11 In 2019 2020 t he average Basic Payment (basic subsidy, shown in light blue) across all farm types was 27 800 The darker solid blue (Agri environment payments) are additional payments made from tax payers money
🔗 Source: Farm Accounts in England Results from the Farm Business Survey 2019/20
3 Billion bailout to UK farmers because of Brexit
“..funding is spread across two financial years. The allocations for each nation of the UK for 2020/21 are: £1,751 million for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs £449 million for the Scottish Government £231 million for the Welsh Government £279 million for the Northern Ireland administration And for 2021/22: £92 million for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs £24 million for the Scottish Government £12 million for the Welsh Government £15 million for the Northern Ireland administration”