We're calling for a commitment from government that Britain’s food production will not slip below its current level of 60% self-sufficiency. We also want to see greater ambition in promoting British food at home and abroad to help with food security.
Our new report - British Food: Leading The Way
NFU President Minette Batters will officially launch our new British Food: Leading The Way report at our Back British Farming Day event in Westminster. She will outline how we're asking the government to complete a comprehensive report on UK food security later this year, covering the country’s production of key foods and its contribution to global food security. This would be the first meaningful assessment of UK food security in over a decade and the first under the requirements of the Agriculture Act that mandate reporting every three years.
Our report also showcases how the UK can reduce its reliance on food imports by harnessing the growth opportunities for different home-grown foods and increasing British sourcing in public procurement. This should be coupled with ambitious food and trade strategies that will help British farmers provide more quality, affordable and climate-friendly food for people at home and abroad.
Other key asks that we're outlining in our report include: