Bri­tain needs a real food pol­icy after Brexit

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me that farm­ers are now much more in favour of longer-term con­tracts for sta­bil­ity. And that could also play into the drive for greater self-suf­fi­ciency be­cause we would know more pre­cisely where de­mand and sup­ply are. And to avoid de­mon­is­ing the su­per­mar­kets, there are plenty of ex­am­ples of when farm­ers have been keen to play the mar­kets them­selves and it hasn’t worked out well for them.

The dan­ger with long-term con­tracts is that it can be quite hard to do crop ro­ta­tion – whether by im­po­si­tion or by choice – when you have a con­tract to sup­ply a cer­tain num­ber of peas ev­ery year. It’s great if you’ve got 10,000 hectares be­cause you can move your crops around, but if you’ve got 500 hectares you might have a prob­lem.

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