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NFO's President calls for a Food Plan - 08/03/2011
 

He Should Set a Personal Example of His Own Demands


1. Speaking at the annual National Farmers' Union NFU last February, the Union's President Peter Kendall, called on the DEFRA secretary of state Caroline Spelman "to take action to close the UK's widening food gap." Speaking in advance of the conference Peter Kendall said: "I'm asking the government to look at our own growing population's reliance on supplies from the rest of the world. I've heard commentators talking about how bad export bans are. But if we're going to have a debate about morality, a country short of food trying to protect its own people's supplies by banning grain exports is nothing compared to rich countries allowing their agriculture to decline and then expecting the rest of the world to feed them."

2. Peter Kendall has been seeking a food plan in which Caroline Spelman would draw up policies, alongside other White Papers on the natural environment and water, that her department is working on. Publication almost contemporaneously, of the UK's policies on trees, forestry, orchards and water-supplies met a barrage of complaints and don't augur well for comprehension by the Coalition Government and approval by the public. However, Peter Kendall has raised topics of long standing debate, now augmented by the movements of populations and tourism and leisure and the rising prices of land, production of fuels and power, the reduction of waste, and loss of amenity.

 
 
 

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