The National Farmers’ Union has a petition about food standards:
I want the food I eat to be produced to world leading standards.
Our Government should ensure that all food eaten in the UK – whether in our homes, schools, hospitals, restaurants or from shops – is produced in a way that matches the high standards of production expected of UK farmers. Covid-19 has highlighted the importance of food security and traceability.
I believe the UK Government should seize the opportunities of ‘Global Britain’ to promote sustainable models of production and consumption across the world.
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 and I expect the same of all food which is imported here so the food I eat is as safe, traceable and produced to high welfare and environmental standards.
Before the UK begins to negotiate trade deals with countries around the world, I call on the UK Government to put into law rules that prevent food being imported to the UK which is produced in ways that would be illegal here.https://www.nfuonline.com/news/latest-news/food-standards-petition/
I’ve been tempted to sign this petition several times because I like many farmers and I like high welfare and environmental standards. But I haven’t yet, as I’m just not sure the NFU really means it.
The NFU is the main reason we have a Badger cull – they have pressured the government into taking this line and if the NFU asked for a more humane culling programme then I can’t see DEFRA saying ‘no’.
As far as I can see, the NFU supports a cull of Badgers which does not remotely approach the animal welfare standards recommended by an expert panel six years ago. If I’ve got thast wrong then I’m sure they’ll let me know.