Today, August 14, marks the day in the calendar where the British larder would run bare if we fed the nation British food from January 1. This figure is based on our current self-sufficiency of 62%. Official figures also predict that by the mid-2040s the UK will be the most populous country in the EU at 77 million people. We would meet just 53% of this nation’s needs in British food if nothing changes.
This week has seen a perfect storm for British farming. Plummeting farmgate prices, a continued downward trend in global markets for household essentials like milk; and supermarkets continuing to devalue food have all highlighted the dire situation many British farmers are facing.
NFU President Meurig Raymond is telling retailers, government and the British public that now is the time to Back British Farming and urges: “If you want great British food tomorrow, then buy great British food today.” Read more.