The NFU hosted an engaging and insightful fringe event at the Liberal Democrats party conference this week, ‘Feeding Britain: The importance of food security following COVID-19’.
The virtual event was held online as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. NFU Vice President Tom Bradshaw was joined by Tim Farron MP, the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for food and rural affairs. Both the panellists answered questions from conference delegates and shared their thoughts on what the nation’s policy on food should look like as the country recovers from COVID-19.
Mr Farron used his opening remarks to praise British farmers for the work they have done throughout the pandemic and stated that the government must recognise 'the importance of protecting our world-leading animal welfare and environmental standards in trade deals'.
The panel also faced questions from conference delegates on eating less meat. Mr Bradshaw set out very clearly the environmental credentials of British meat and the difference in production standards between meat produced in this country compared to the rest of the world. Mr Farron followed up on this point by highlighting the importance of sourcing local, British meat.
NFU at the autumn party conferences
The NFU is hosting fringe events at all three political party conferences this autumn. These virtual conferences provide a great opportunity to get involved with discussions and put your questions to the key policy makers for our sector. Click here to read more about where we've been and what we've done so far this party conference season, as well as how you can register to attend our Conservative party fringe event where NFU President Minette Batters will be in conversation with Defra Secretary George Eustice.
Attend our Conservative party conference event - Minette Batters in conversation with Secretary of State George Eustice
As part of your NFU membership, you can take part in a member-exclusive virtual event where NFU President Minette Batters will be in conversation with Defra Secretary of State, George Eustice.
Watch again: The NFU at the virtual Labour party conference
Pictured above: NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts in conversation with Luke Pollard at the NFU's Labour party conference fringe event
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