The NFU emphasised the importance of the Agriculture Bill having food production and farming at its heart, at a fringe event at the Labour Party Conference last night (25 September 2018).
Shadow Defra Secretary of State Sue Hayman addressed the importance of food security in her speech to the room, recognition that was welcomed by NFU Deputy President Guy Smith.
The panel, which also included FDF Chief Executive Ian Wright CBE, Professor Tim Lang from City University and journalist Philippa Hall chairing the debate, debated ‘What should the UK’s future food policy look like after Brexit’.
There was a clear focus on food security during the debate, with all the panellists recognising its importance to the nation.
The Shadow Secretary of State spoke of the importance of improving food security in the Agriculture Bill while also doing more to enhance the environment for all. The FDF’s Ian Wright said during the session that producing our own food is a matter of national security.
Commenting on the event, NFU Deputy President Guy Smith said: “Tonight’s event clearly bought into focus the critical part food security plays and I’m pleased to hear the Shadow Secretary of State recognise its role. From farmer and the supply chain to a member of the shadow cabinet, its importance was bought up time and time again.
“This is why farming and food production needs to be at the heart of the Agriculture Bill. British farmers and growers are proud to produce safe, traceable and affordable food for the nation, all while caring for our countryside.
“Profitable, productive and progressive farms are best played to deliver this and it is vital a new policy provides the right environment for farmers to do what they do best – producing food for the nation.”