Trade deals in respect of farmed food products will define what standards should apply to produce traded between countries. The UK Government is currently developing new trade agreements with foreign countries as part of the Brexit process.
The National Farmers Union (NFU) has launched a petition asking for your support for their campaign to ensure that standards agreed in these negotiations on imported food to the UK should be to leading world standards, recognising the UK’s high standards of safety and welfare.
Some might argue that standards in the UK could or should be at more sustainable levels than now in many differing ways, but relaxation of import standards would create a lower base from which improvements could move forward, quite apart from any economic or health implications.
The NFU state: “Farming throughout the UK has high standards of safety and welfare with an ambition to be net zero in greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. There are very strict controls on farming methods allowed in the UK.” They ask that such standards should apply to all food which is imported here so what we eat is safe, traceable and produced to high welfare and environmental standards.
To find out more about the reasons for the petition and an opportunity to “sign” it, visit https://www.campaigns.nfuonline.com/page/56262/petition/1?locale=en-GB.
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We will be happy to hear your thoughts on this issue at firstname.lastname@example.org – it could change radically farming in this country.