Food and farming leaders discuss future food policy at fringe event

Conservative Party Conference fringe event_57662A packed audience at the NFU and FDF fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference heard food and farming leaders’ debate with the Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove on the UK’s future food policy.

NFU President Minette Batters and FDF Chief Executive Ian Wright CBE were part of the panel debating future policy, with the Daily Telegraph’s chief political correspondent Christopher Hope chairing the debate.

A major theme of the night was recognition of the UK’s high standards of food production and animal welfare standards. Mr Gove championed the importance of Red Tractor-assured food delivering high standards for all British shoppers.

Mrs Batters echoed that message by saying it is a “phenomenal” achievement that in the UK, farmers have been able to provide high quality British food to people on every income.

Amid concerns from farmers that new trade deals could potentially lead to Britain’s high standards being undercut, Mr Gove said that “importing food of lower standards would damage all the work our farmers have done”.

Mr Wright highlighted how closely the food and farming industry are working together as Brexit nears. He said that Food and Drink Sector Council, which the NFU and FDF sit on, is an example of working to ensure the whole industry from farm to fork is supported.

The NFU President rounded off the debate in her closing remarks, where she said that “food security is a public good and a public right”.

Last edited on: 03:10:2018

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  • Posted by: Robert StaceyPosted on: 04/10/2018 06:36:59

    Comment: I wouldn't trust Michael Gove for one moment to live up to his promise at last years NFU conference that UK agriculture will not be undercut by the importation of food from other countries produced to standards that are not only less than ours but would also be illegal and banned from shops if produced in the UK, especially in view of the comments reported to be from Liam Fox in support of allowing the import of such food products.

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