NFU calls for food plan

Farming leaders are putting pressure on government to reverse what they claim is the country’s “growing dependence on imports”.

Speaking at the annual National Farmers’ Union (NFU) conference this week, president Peter Kendall called on Defra secretary of state Caroline Spelman to take action to close the UK’s widening food gap.

Speaking ahead of the conference,  Kendall said: “I’m asking the government to look at our own growing population’s reliance on supplies from the rest of the world.

“I’ve heard commentators talking about how bad export bans are. But if we’re going to have a debate about morality, a country short of food trying to protect its own people’s supplies by banning grain exports is nothing compared to rich countries allowing their agriculture to decline and then expecting the rest of the world to feed them. I will ask Caroline Spelman to ensure a food plan is drawn up, alongside the other White Papers on the natural environment and water that her department is working on.”