British food system in a ‘vulnerable’ state, Lords committee hears
Brexit could affect food security and food prices in the UK, according to industry and academic voices.
Ian Wright of the Food and Drink Federation said it wasn’t guaranteed that UK consumers would continue to have access to a wide range of high quality foods. Prof Tim Lang of the City University of London pointed to a possible conflict between promises of high quality British food and the desire for cheaper food, mentioning that the UK is far from self-sufficient in food.
Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.
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