The UK is unprepared for the most complex ever change to its food system, which will be required before Brexit, according to a new briefing paper published by SPRU, the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex.
Farming has been at the centre of British politics today with NFU members and staff taking the industry to the heart of London, in recognition of Back British Farming Day.
MPs were urged to wear specially designed British wheat lapel badges to Prime Minister’s Questions and to sign the NFU’s post-Brexit pledge, an initiative which drew support from Defra Secretary of State, Andrea Leadsom, and Defra farming minister, George Eustice.
Large Chinese import demand and stalling supplies will continue to support global pork prices throughout the third quarter of 2016, despite the current “wildcards” of Brexit and feed costs, according to Rabobank.
While warning that feed costs and the Brexit effect on currency exchange rates could “negatively impact” the projected upswing in global pork prices, Rabobank’s animal protein analyst, Albert Vernooij, said the forecast was for a further rise in the Rabobank five-nation hog price index in Q3, supporting margins across the globe.
Much of the debate surrounding the UK’s referendum on the European Union has focused on giving “Britain back to the British”, but one aspect of British industry could be set to suffer at the hands of a Brexit leave vote.