Agriculture Bill

Written evidence submitted by Dr Stuart Calimport (AB48)

Dear Sir or Madam,

Re: Agriculture Bill development

Executive Summary

1. I am of the belief that the Agriculture Bill is crucial for the economic success of the United Kingdom and that we must do all we can to support farmers and innovators in the agriculture sector. I am confident that this is not the time for a timid Bill, but one which allows us to be competitive globally, leading in trade and exports and mitigate many risks in the National Risk Register. I believe this can be done through the following:

2. A state aid and innovation section of the Bill with UK commitments to farmers and agricultural innovations with substantial investment in research and innovation schemes and initiatives specifically aimed at global competitive advantage, UK trade leadership and national risk mitigation through:

a. Farming automation

b. Sensors

c. Drone technology

d. Indoor and urban farming

e. Plant-based and clean meat technology

Rationale

State Aid for Research and Innovation rationale

3. The agricultural industry has a long history of state aid, for various reasons, including its key role in feeding this great nation, and reasons relating to European market harmonisation elements. I believe there is another yet important reason to continue and increase state aid in the agricultural industry – that of research and innovation.

4. There exists the potential to create highly nutritious and safe goods at great capacity through automation and technology. This would surely be meritorious, if properly rolled out in a manner that takes into account:

a. The technological knowhow of farmers through guides, partnering, support and investment

b. The character and health of our rural areas

c. Developed capacity for export of goods

d. Schemes and initiatives to partner innovators and technology organisations with our farmers

5. I believe the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy alongside other relevant Departments and stakeholders should have significant input into this Bill relating to state aid and support for agricultural research and innovation and technological capability

Global competitiveness and trade leadership

6. If we are to make best resource of the opportunity of the Agriculture Bill and our sovereignty I believe we should absolutely use such an opportunity to do the following:

a. Grow our agricultural sector

b. Grow our agricultural exports

c. Grow our technology sector

d. Further link up our Industrial Strategy with the agricultural sector

e. Further increase the quality and safety of our goods

f. Develop global competitiveness in the agricultural sector and aligned technology sector

g. Develop trade leadership in the agricultural sector and aligned technology sector

7. A properly developed Agricultural Bill should address state aid for research and innovation for global competitiveness and trade leadership and any other elements that are required regarding additional support, technology development, agricultural and technology stakeholder partnering, export growth and National Risk mitigation

8. I believe the UK Department for Trade and Investment should have significant input into this Bill alongside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and other relevant Departments and stakeholders in a joined up manner relating to state aid and support for agricultural research and innovation and technological capability and export growth strategy and capabilities

National Risk Register

1. If one takes a look at the UK National Risk Register [1] one will find a number of items that a State Aid section of the bill focused on research and innovation can substantially address including:

a. Flooding

b. Severe weather

c. Space weather

d. Volcanic eruptions

e. Poor air quality

f. Earthquakes

g. Wildfires

h. Animal diseases

i. Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks

j. Human diseases

k. Animal diseases

l. Public disorder

9. A properly developed Agricultural Bill should address state aid for research and innovation for National Risk mitigation alongside any other elements that are required regarding additional support, state aid for research and innovation, technology development, agricultural and technology stakeholder partnering and export growth

10. Consideration should be given to how the Agriculture Bill links up and has impact regarding the UK National Risk Register. National Risk Register impact should be a feature of all inquires and consultations.

11. Furthermore the relevant Committees and Departments should ensure that the UK National Risk Register is absolutely comprehensive and fully fit for purpose. I believe this can be addressed in the following manner:

a. The UK National Risk Register include all risks to current civilisation as it stands, in addition to risks to getting to the next stage of civilisational development

b. That a UK Civilisational Risk Register be instituted, with the UK National Risk Register covering all risks to current civilisation as it stands, in addition to risks to getting to the next stage of civilisational development, and additional Civilisational Risk Register elements covering all risks within further stages of civilisation, and the risks of getting from one civilisational stage to the next relating to the following sorts of considerations:

i. Health and longevity

ii. Planetary health

iii. Infrastructure scale

iv. Energy civilisation able to capture, utilise and store

v. Resources civilisation able to capture, utilise and store

vi. Good usage of energy and resources

vii. Information civilisation able to capture, utilise and store

viii. Computational capacity of civilisation

ix. Control of matter across scales

x. Space exploration and colonisation scale

xi. Space environmental health

12. I believe the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and other relevant Departments and stakeholders should have input into this Bill in a joined up manner relating to National Risk mitigation

Thank you for your time.

Best regards,

Dr Stuart Calimport MSc DIC MA MPhil

October 2018


[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-risk-register-of-civil-emergencies-2017-edition

 

Prepared 13th November 2018