And as you would expect, doesn\’t quite manage to get it right.
And yet a vibrant, thriving agriculture sector is not some optional luxury. It\’s not something we can take for granted. The availability of affordable, quality food – the robustness of British food security in the 21st century – depends upon it.
OK, agreed. Food security is indeed important.
British wheat harvests are down nearly 15% and much of it is of very poor quality. In 2011, 90% of the harvest was of a high enough grade – rich in protein and gluten – to be milled for flour. In 2012 only 10% was. Millers had to import the rest.
And given that Britain is a small and sometimes damp island we cannot gain food security by depending upon domestic agriculture. As Mr. Rayner shows us. It is absolutely vital that we source our food from a variety of geographic regions and weather systems.
All of which is fine: until we get to Mr. Rayner\’s suggestion of how we should achieve food security: depend upon British farming.
Why is it that people just won\’t believe their own evidence?