A thought provoking article surrounding the reliance of foreign imports in the food industry. The UK imported a staggering £38.5bn worth of food, feed and drink in 2015, a figure that far outweighs our exports. Foreign trade deals are under the spotlight more than ever post Brexit so it will be interesting to see how they impact upon our supermarket shelves. Many food and drink categories in the UK have felt the pinch as the cost of importing raw materials and food products from abroad hit new heights but do we have any other options? Our inclement weather doesn’t provide the perfect growing conditions that other countries can but are there ways of producing more in the UK and become less reliant on the fruits of our neighbours?
The hurdles aren't just financial. The UK doesn't actually have enough room to grow all the crops and keep all the animals that we currently eat. The climate means there are also certain items, such as bananas, that we simply cannot grow at scale in the UK. Given the massive housing shortage in the UK, Mr Martin says it's unlikely to be desirable politically to use more land for farming.