BELIEVE IT OR not, the UK Government has at long last begun to take an interest in the big question of food

security. Two years ago, any suggestion that this was a matter of pressing concern would be contemptuously rebuffed, with an invitation to go away and absorb the infallibly wise words of a joint Treasury/Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) document outlining its long-term Vision for the Common Agricultural Policy – a wholly flawed document even then; now utterly redundant. And even a year ago, one could only address food security issues in Defra in hushed whispers ...


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