Buy more Bri­tish food

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

THE UK’S pop­u­la­tion has grown by a mil­lion in only two years. This rate of growth can only be sus­tained by greater, not less, in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of agri­cul­tural out­put and, as a re­sult, wildlife species sim­ply can­not take prece­dence over hu­mans. For­tu­nately, the ad­vent of Brexit will en­cour­age a greater de­pen­dence on UK food pro­duc­tion, at the pos­si­ble ex­pense of im­ports from Ire­land, Hol­land and Den­mark.

If dairy farm­ers could get their act to­gether and pro­duce, say, a com­pet­i­tive Saint Agur and a Camem­bert to meet na­tional de­mand, we would be go­ing some way to im­prov­ing our self-suf­fi­ciency.

When dairy farm­ers voted two to one to dis­band the Milk Mar­ket­ing Board, they in­voked an ele­ment of self­de­struc­tion. It is also hard to be sup­port­ive of Red Trac­tor Week when Bri­tish farm­ers choose to im­port John Deere trac­tors from the USA, Claas com­bine har­vesters from Ger­many and milk­ing equip­ment from Swe­den. Let us buy more Bri­tish food and ask farm­ers to spend their cap­i­tal in the UK. Colin Milne, Wilt­shire

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