Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Must Cultivate - Kendall; Farming

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Must Cultivate - Kendall; Farming

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PRODUCTIVE agriculture must share the stage with the environment if the UK is to secure food production, according to NFU president Peter Kendall.

This statement comes as the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) select committee launches its inquiry into securing food supplies for the next 40 years.

Set against a growing world population, volatile food markets and a changing climate, the NFU has congratulated the Efra committee on this timely inquiry, which it believes should focus on the role that British agriculture can play in addressing domestic and international food needs.

"We have seen numerous reports into the challenges we face in feeding a growing population while mitigating our impact on the environment," said Mr Kendall. "But the time has come for Government to look at the role British agriculture has to play in responding to domestic and world food needs, an aspect that has been hitherto largely overlooked.

"While public attention is rightly focused on the economy, we must remember that the challenges faced by the UK, and the rest of the world, in securing food supplies in the future are very real. …

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