UK food and environment minister Michael Gove says that the government is placing food strategy at “the heart” of policy, a move the Brexiteer links to the strengthened autonomy Parliament will have following the UK’s exit from the European Union.
As the UK organic sector hits a record value of £2.2 billion (€2.47bn), what's the secret to its success? Six trends are influencing our food choices today - and organic fits into all of them, says the Soil Association.
Boosting skills, lifting agricultural productivity, improving the UK’s diet and dealing with the fallout from Brexit were identified as priorities for the coming 12 months at the first UK Food and Drink Sector Council meeting.
Claims that the US is “sick and tired” of the UK moaning about chlorine-rinsed chicken evoked a strong response from the food and farming alliance Sustain, who insisted the UK is “not going to shut up about it”.
The UK food sector has welcomed news that Brexit negotiations will move to stage two – the future trading relationship – after the European Commission confirmed “sufficient progress” has been made on discussions over the divorce settlement.
Rising food prices, regulatory uncertainties and challenges from international trade deals post-Brexit will conspire to create a “perfect storm” that threatens to rain on the UK food industry’s parade.