The latest of the House of Lords EU Committee’s excellent reports is Brexit: deal or no deal. One of the case studies, the agri-food sector, is copied below. A warning: The prospect of no deal with regard to our food supply and the agri-food sector, is scary:
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Following Chris Elliott’s talk about the influence and impact of China:
Professor Chris Elliot told the #foodfuture discussion today that the 65 million middle class Chinese people are ceasing to trust their local food supplies.
Chris Elliott is a Professor and Pro-VC at Queens University Belfast. He’s also the founder of the Institute for Global Food Security, and led the Government’s Elliott Review into the integrity and assurance of the food network after the horsemeat scandal.
Just as the tractor revolutionised farming in the last century, a new generation of technologies are currently revolutionising farming. Tech developments are out there looking to displace the labour-intensive activities. Retail cannot look too far into the future. they think short-medium term. The food service market thinks in 6-month cycles and “doesn’t like technology”. It […]
There is the need to challenge the mindset of farmers. They are into the cyclical processes. The better farmers challenge themselves to improve. This is partly about consolidation – farmer will see greater and greater consolidation, as better ones swallow up those who don’t change. Farmer has got to think about longer horizons – like […]
Observations from the NFU policy unit perspective: Farming production has different decision making cycles; Thinking is for as long for as people will be farmers…. eg. Arable has 5-6 year rotations of cereals or veg. In livestock the breeding cycles for herds may be long; shorter for poultry 72 weeks for a laying hen. Annual […]
Pressure will be on the consumer, and hard to keep track of all the variables. Organisations stripping out the costs. Big brands continue to grow. Home delivery makes it cheaper, these are changing the landscape for the consumer. China and elsewhere have access to the same products. Middle classes don’t want to take the risk […]
Every sector of the food industry is facing challenges. If you’re agile and have the financial capacity you can hedge your bets. British businesses are having to choose where to produce, here or abroad, with little information. The uncertainty of brexit is making that decision tricky. Businesses can choose to start building relationships outside the […]