Agriculture

I am Scotland's only voice on the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, where I vote on legislation, drafts reports, and stands up for Scotland's rights in Europe. I was my group's Shadow Rapporteur on Unfair Practices in the Supply Chain, and in 2009 won the coveted Scottish Farmer Award for 'Outstanding Contribution to Scottish Agriculture.'

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THERE’S been much said in Scotland lately about fishing, and how, potentially, Brexitmight make the position of the fishing sector better. Tory politicians have even tried to pretend that if you’re pro-fishing you’re pro-Brexit, but this is just a typically cynical stunt and, sadly, the reality is far more complex. The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is, rightly, disliked by many people, and SNP MEPs from Winnie Ewing in 1979 to Ian Hudghton who currently sits on the Fisheries Committee, and myself, have called for it to be scrapped. But that does not mean leaving the EU, and MEPs have won significant reforms lately.

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First published in The National, 18 May 2017


The European Parliament has today (Tuesday) backed a report calling for drastic measures in tackling food waste, aiming to slash food waste by 50% by 2030. This is designed to help tackle the 1.3 billion tons, or approximately one third of all food produced for human consumption, that is wasted every year.


AGRI MEP Alyn Smith has today (Friday) welcomed the French Parliament’s decision to push for video surveillance in slaughterhouses. 


Following reports that the UK may have to revert to World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariffs, Alyn Smith MEP has written to David Davis seeking urgent clarification on what – if any – arrangements have been made to protect Scotland’s agriculture industry.  


Alyn Smith MEP, the only Scottish member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, has expressed concern at the appointment of Andrea Leadsom as the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs after her arguments that farming “subsidies must be abolished”.


Agri MEP Alyn Smith has today welcomed the European Parliament’s bold adoption of a report that will dramatically reduce the impact of Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) on farmers. 


Alyn Smith MEP has challenged the European Commission to take on the rise of fictional farms as a brand tool, joining SNP Councillor Gail Ross in the fight to support farmers against supermarket chicanery. 


Campaigners against live exports for slaughter have received a huge boost as Scotland’s sole voice on the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, Alyn Smith MEP, gave his backing to their campaign.


AGRI MEP Alyn Smith has welcomed a comprehensive new report for the North East Scotland Agriculture Advisory Group that makes wide-ranging recommendations for improving prospects in the area’s rural sector.


In a move welcomed by MEPs, the European Commission has presented a new Recommendation on the protection of pigs, specifically focusing on the need to reduce tail docking.