Tuesday, 7 August 2018

BREXIT: Today's the day the food would run out on our own, says NFU.

Today (August 7) would mark the day in the calendar where the British larder would run bare if we fed the nation only British food from January 1, according to NFU Cymru.

Defra figures for 2017 show that Britain produced 60 per cent of its own food. This rate is in long-term decline and NFU Cymru president, John Davies, is urging Welsh Government to put food at the heart of policy decisions.

John Davies said: “The decline in our food self-sufficiency is of real concern. A nation must have the ability to feed itself and these figures show that Britain is falling short.

“With Brexit only eight months away and the recent launch of the Welsh Government ‘Brexit and Our Land’ consultation, we are now in a time of great uncertainty but also a time of real opportunity. NFU Cymru is ambitious for the future of our food and drinks industry and Welsh Government now has the chance to put food production and food security front and centre of the political agenda and Welsh and British farmers are up for the challenge of feeding an ever growing population.

By John Davies.
Full story at Wales Farmer.

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