A new vision for agriculture
momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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Is Great Britain too dependent on agricultural imports?

10 Januaryr 2011



During his New Year’s message, Peter Kendall, president of the largest agricultural union in Britain, questioned the government on the risks related to the country’s high dependence on food imports.

According to national forecasts, the UK population will reach 70 million in 2030 compared to a current 58 million. These figures suggest that over the next few years, the country will become even more dependent on agricultural imports. Currently, Britain imports more than 40% of its food compared to 25% twenty years ago, an increase of 15%. In 2030, one meal out of two will come from food imports.

“I’m not suggesting we need to take an isolationist approach to food production; we’re a trading nation and trade is also vital to our food security, (...) But if we’re going to ensure food supplies for UK consumers it is in our national interest to produce more in the UK”. said the NFU (National Farmers Union) president, whose words were repeated in the Farmers Guardian on 3rd January 2011.

It is therefore interesting to note that in Great Britain, the cradle of economic liberalism, historically engaged in the development of international trade, we now hear dissonant voices, arguing that agriculture should be protected from full liberalization to ensure the country’s food security.

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