Kathleen Calvert, dairy farmer: Looks like farmers will be a rare breed before too long also. Never mind if there is no food.
Richard Bruce, former farm manager: Then there is world trade in foodstuffs and goods which takes millions of tonnes out of the country and brings back similar products that we need here anyway.
Linda Brown, independent councillor on rural border of Solihull: It is a rural/country area for goodness sake and needs to be preserved. I need farmers to produce food to feed all the masses . . .
Reforming MP Thomas Attwood (1783-1856), who worked to extend the vote and promoted measures which would lead to full employment, peace and prosperity, regarded foreign trade as incidental to the nation’s wealth.
We urge the government to undertake a complete rethink on its policy toward British food.
We are much less self-sufficient than we were 25 years ago, and in a world of volatile unpredictability, this surely does not make sense.
We should be endeavouring to grow more of our own food for many reasons, not least in supporting our own farmers and reducing food miles.
So many people support this view. We cannot understand why the government does not.
U START WITH FOOD
I acknowledge your contribution to many of the issues that vex us. I wish to share. ‘Food’ is inclusive. In particular, every country, region and locality needs farming, construction, manufacturing and engineering. In that order. The abstract reads:
ABSTRACT of 13,000 word pamphlet, U Start with Food, a reflection on the ‘often overlooked dimension [of food] to our understanding of the Second World War’ (Lizzie Collingham, A Taste of War).
Today, uncertainties over the entire food supply are a cause of tension, conflict and wars. Any reference to ‘food security’ shows that countries are unwilling or even opposed to put food centre stage and make it a rightful instrument of policy. Peace or political activists and campaigners have largely ignored this food dimension. A different style of campaigning is called for . . .
Pippa Woods in Devon, chairman of the Family Farmers Association, deplores this drive to export food at the same time as the NFU, if not Defra, is worrying about our low self sufficiency, as being ‘pretty ridiculous’:
“I suppose it is seen as being good for trade if we can import inferior things cheaply, like Thai chicken, and export high quality food at a higher price”.