European School Milk Scheme
  • Defra has said that it received 44,000 responses to the proposals which sets out the Department’s post-Brexit agriculture policy. The consultation included proposals to redirect payments from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from land-based payments to incentivising public goods. The consultation identified school milk as an example of mitigating risk and improving market resilience. The SNMA responded to Defra’s consultation supporting its suggestion that school milk supports British farmers in mitigating risk and building up market resilience, while simultaneously contributing to the public good of improving children’s health. We included the evidence which suggests that school milk helps to tackle childhood obesity, a topic Health & Social Care Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has identified as a public health priority. We also included polling the SNMA had commissioned by ComRes which showed broad public support for a domestic replacement to the EU school milk scheme post-Brexit.
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