There is a great hole in Government thinking according to Sir Jim Paice writing in the latest edition of Farm Business.
In a thoughtful article, the former Defra Minister, still held in high regard across the farming community, warns that the Government’s efforts to marry pursuit of cheap food with ever higher UK production standards could damage the industry.
“You cannot have a successful domestic industry based on just 15% of the population,” he writes, stressing that farmers need to be able to compete.
Sir Jim also sets out what he would like to see in a domestic agricultural policy: “Abolishing the RPA would be a step forward,” he suggests.
Also in the same edition Alistair Driver, editor, explains why, amid the general condemnation, there is a lot in Prime Minister Theresa May’s White Paper for the food and farming sector to like, as sets out a path of relatively minimal disruption for the industry. However, the political chaos surrounding it means were are probably no clearer on where it will all end up.
As well as this Richard Wright highlights how some of the world’s biggest meat companies are starting to invest in plant-based alternatives and lab-grown ‘meat’, Michael Wales looks at some winners and losers from the prolonged heatwave , while Chloe Ryan profiles independent egg producer, LJ Fairburn).