My intervention during the Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill, 21 January 2020

John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Does the hon. Gentleman think that people need to change their diets? How can we have more British-grown food?

Luke Pollard (Plymouth Sutton and Devonport) (Lab): I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for raising that point. We need to talk about food miles much more. We need to be buying local. That does not only mean buying from the region we live in, buying British and looking out for the Red Tractor symbol on the food we buy. It also means calculating the food miles of the trade deals that will be done in the future. It is a nonsense to have trade deals that will encourage consumers to buy food from the other side of the planet, at huge carbon cost, when there is perfectly good, nutritious, healthy food grown and reared to a high standard in our own country. I will return to that point time and again in this Parliament.

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3 Comments

  1. Sue Doughty
    Posted January 24, 2020 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    A Labour MP supporting British farming. Unheard of. Grown and reared means we carry on having meat to eat. Good.

    • Narrow Shoulders
      Posted January 24, 2020 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      He did not support farmers he used it as an excuse to bash leaving the EU and make our own trade deals

      He has no issue with Spanish tomatoes just American ones

  2. DavidJ
    Posted January 25, 2020 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    When I was kid we ate largely UK grown vegetables and fruit that were in season. We used to look forward to the strawberry season and suchlike. There was nothing wrong with that. It is not necessary to have all the imported out of season food provided that our home agriculture is restored to a state fit to provide. Odd that we never seem to hear about the air miles incurred in importing large quantities of fruit and vegetable from the “Greens”.

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