Buy more British food
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