I REFER to the recent agreements and reports on the free trade deal with Australia and maybe others to follow. I view the situation with substantial anxiety.
For nearly 200 years the UK has been unable to produce sufficient food product to feed its population. Today the percentage of home produced food is about 55 per cent, having varied in the past from 40 per cent (1939) to 75 per cent (1980/81).
In a free trade situation and with such a large percentage of imported foodstuffs, the food wholesale prices and consequently the price paid to the farmer/producer is dominated by the price of the imported product. Read More.