How we got here

How we got here

After the second World War, all political parties agreed to produce as much of our food as we could here in the UK. There were parliamentary debates each year to decide the guaranteed prices that farmers would get for basic food commodities. This went when we joined th EEC in favour of believing in free markets, until too much food was produced was being produced. Overproduction of food is the underlying problem of food production that most commentators ignore. The US are the great overproducers of farm goods on the planet. Much of their foreign policy is about getting rid of the excess food.If we do a UK-US deal, this will dominate the deal. Many will go on about GM, chlorinated chicken hormone beef - and don't forget Ractopamine fed pigs. But the real worry is tonnes of high fructose corn syrup coming in. At present there is a massive EU tariff on it.Watch out, all our foods could be drenched in the stuff.

In the last 1980s, a certain 'milk snatcher', decided to remove parliamentary controls over food and 'leave it to the supermarkets'. In the process she started to sell off our public research, since when we have produced less and less of our own food.