Would you sign this Charter if the NFU and government rethink their GMO and food export drives?

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The National Farmers Union is urging the public to sign its charter and help to turn around a decline in self-sufficiency from 1991, when the country produced 75% of its own food, to the current production of 62%.

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It states that today, August 14, is the day British food supplies would run out if everything produced in a year was stored and eaten from January.

Producing as much of our food as we can is socially, economically and environmentally advantageous, but it will require middlemen to give food producers a transparently fair deal.

Two reservations:

The move to produce more food should not be used as a lever to introduce GM crops, supported by the NFU and government as this technology cannot be contained and would ‘infect’ crops of the same family grown many miles away, removing choice from conventional and organic farmers.

National and European governments should support the policy of greater self-sufficiency instead of prioritising food exports – see the 2012 delegation to China, headed by DEFRA minister Owen Paterson and Dacian Ciolos, the EU Commissioner travelling to China in July hoping to boost the global trade in food.

 

To sign the charter go to http://www.nfuonline.com/news/latest-news/nfu-campaign-calls-for-more-british-food/

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Would you sign this Charter if the NFU and government rethink their GMO and food export drives?

  • August 14, 2013 at 11:27 am
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    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.

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  • August 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm
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    I fully back the Charter above – let’s restore some sanity to our rather crazy world. Eating British is local and makes sense.

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  • August 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm
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    have to use this to put pressure on NFU because GM is Not sustainable and exporting food will fail because of the ever rising cost of oil…

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