Peers voice fears over cheap food imports

Cheap food imports produced to lower animal welfare standards could put UK farmers at a competitive disadvantage after Brexit, warns a House of Lords committee.

The warning is contained in a farm animal welfare report published by the House of Lords EU energy and environment sub-committee.

The government’s wish for the UK to be a global leader in free trade is not necessarily compatible with its desire to maintain high animal welfare standards, says the document.

Demand for high-welfare products is ultimately driven by whether consumers prioritise purchasing those products rather than buying cheaper, lower-welfare products, it adds.

(Source: Farmers Weekly)

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