Britain must increase home-grown food production and build stronger supply chains to face Brexit uncertainties, the National Farmers Union has warned.
Such is the reliance on imported food that Britain does not even produce enough of staples including potatoes, beef, milk and cheese to feed the nation for an entire year, it found.
NFU president Meurig Raymond said: “Food self-sufficiency statistics have always been an important measure of the nation’s ability to feed itself.”
“But since the UK voted to leave the EU, and with trade negotiations starting, the supply of British food is now seen in a very different light.
“Government recognition of farming’s enormous contribution to this country will be vital in the coming weeks and months.”
(Source: The Guardian)