Kendall Tells Labour to Make Food a Cornerstone

by 5m Editor
27 September 2011, at 11:21am

UK - Peter Kendall told Labour conference delegates that domestic food production must be a policy cornerstone as the party seeks to rebuild towards the next general election in 2015.

Mr Kendall addressed a joint NFU/ FDF fringe event in Liverpool last night, and highlighted just how important national food supply will be in the future in terms of food security, re-balancing the economy and creating sustainable jobs across Britain.

"I really want to look at the wider context and the longer-term because that is where the real community of interest lies between the farmers and growers I represent, and the aspirations which you have as a political party," he said.

"At this relatively early stage it is not for me to be telling you in any detail what Labour should be offering the farming and food industries in the policy review.

"But what I can say, is that a policy which safeguards the nation’s food supplies ought to be regarded by any future government as a key, strategic objective which transcends party politics.

"The more we produce from our own resources, the less the risk of food price inflation running out of control for consumers in Britain because of shocks on world markets, such as the 2008 and 2011 price spikes.

"There is also the wider impact to consider. There is something profoundly immoral about rich countries allowing their agriculture to decline and then expecting the rest of the world to feed them.

"If you want to serve the best interests of the British people, the British economy and British jobs, you should build a farming and food policy on the foundation of a dynamic, growing, highly productive, environmentally responsible farming industry, which is delivering the goods for Britain."