“What we have to lose if nothing is done.”
Today’s WMN leads with the worsening crisis in the farming industry – which is “putting the nation’s food production at risk”:
FARMERS are giving up producing food as costs of fuel and fertiliser soar, an alarming survey reveals. Now leaders in the agriculture industry want the Government to make it legally binding to consider the impact of any policies on domestic food production, as the farming crisis worsens. The survey by the National Farmers’ Union shows the beginnings of a switch by some hard-pressed farmers away from producing food, as input costs dramatically increase...
Here’s the report from the NFU:
The results of our intention surveys of dairy and arable members are in. We’re urging the government to act now to prevent the spiralling costs facing farmers impacting further on domestic food production. Our recent surveys of arable and dairy members have shown that many have been forced to make significant changes to their food production plans, with some facing the prospect of going out of business. We spoke to 610 dairy farmers and 525 arable farmers about their intentions for the near and mid-term…
And it’s a story being widely reported:
The government says it intends to act:
But its recent Food Strategy was not exactly welcomed: