Tax incentives and insurance premiums, not subsidies

Replace subsidies and agri-environment incentives with taxes and tax-reducing incentives in order that agriculture and land owners no longer externalise their 'polluter' costs onto wider society.

Add environmental resilience assessments into farm- and land insurance premiums.

Why the contribution is important

Fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides in water sources:  water utility companies pay to clean this up and pass on the cost to consumers.  Yet there's no pollution tax.

Land has been drained and trees and woodland have been felled, imposing a strain on local and regional water supply resilience, lowering the land levels (soil shrinkage) and thereby increasing localised and regional susceptibility to flooding.  Yet there's no land drainage tax.

Soil carbon is vented into the atmosphere from ploughed land and drained fens; yet there's no carbon tax or soil loss tax.

Biodiversity is in decline, yet there's no wildlife tax.

Over-administration of antibiotics is now threatening human health; yet there is no antibiotics tax.

Agri-environment schemes are optional; taxes aren't and insurance considerations sober up everyone.

Agriculture receives a whole host of special protections, exceptions and general tax concessions that the rest of industry does not. Farmland is exempt from inheritance tax. Farm diesel is exempt from fuel duty. Farmers get concessions on rates, they are not subject to the same planning restrictions as others and receive free advice on everything from medicines and drugs to farming practices. In the event of serious diseases, farmers get compensated for their losses. Government departments spend considerable sums in supporting the farming sector. Such tax concessions and free services means their costs are lower than the efficient level, and hence their output is higher. No other industry receives this sort of special treatment and continues to externalise its environmental costs so efficiently.  No other industry continues to be incapable of standing on its own two feet whilst this continues.  This will be exposed following departure from the EU because the absence of this special treatment in most other countries outside the EU will be a major factor in future trade negotiations.  So best to toughen up sooner, rather than later.

by Pzazz on December 14, 2016 at 11:07AM

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  • Posted by CelynMenai February 23, 2017 at 14:02

    Diolch i chi am rannu eich syniadau a sylwadau!

    Mae eich blaenoriaethau a syniadau yn cael eu defnyddio i helpu’r Pwyllgor i ysgrifennu ei adroddiad ar sut y gallwn ddatblygu egwyddorion sy'n sail i bolisi amaethyddiaeth a datblygu gwledig newydd i Gymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth, plîs cysylltwch â fi ar Mi fyddai’n sicr o ddiweddaru’r tudalennau hyn a’r sgwrs fel mae hyn yn datblygu.

    Mae eich syniadau a’ch blaenoriaethau hefyd wedi bod o gymorth i’r Pwyllgor wrth iddo wahodd sefydliadau a chyrff cynrychioliadol i’r Senedd i roi tystiolaeth ar lafar ar ddyfodol amaeth yng Nghymru.

    O ddiddordeb , mae'r Pwyllgor yn cynnal nifer o ymgynghoriadau newydd ar hyn o bryd. Mae croeso i chi gysylltu yn uniongyrchol, neu ymweld â wefan y Pwyllgor am fanylion pellach:

    Diolch o galon i chi gyd eto!


    Thank you for sharing your idea and comments!

    Your ideas and priorities are now being used to help the Committee write its report on how we can develop principles to underpin a new agriculture and rural development policy for Wales. For more information, please do contact me @ I’ll also make sure to update the pages and this thread to keep you updated as this progresses.

    Your ideas and priorities have also been a great support for the Committee as it invited representative organisations and bodies to come to the Senedd and give oral evidence on the future of agriculture in Wales.

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