Britain needs a national food plan that makes production a strategic priority and curbs its increasing reliance on imports, Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union said Feb. 15.
Kendall told the NFU’s annual conference that global food prices were at an all-time high and had played a role in major upheavals in North Africa.
He questioned the morality of rich countries such as Britain in allowing their own agriculture production to decline and expecting to be fed by the rest of the world.
“If we continue like this – and with our own population set to grow to over 70 million by 2030 – it won’t be long before one in every two meals eaten in this country comes entirely from food produced abroad,” he said.
An increase in domestic food production will not happen without local planning consent as well as free and functioning domestic markets, Kendall said.