Food Supply: EC Action

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 1st February 2008.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the future development of a common EU food security policy, with particular reference to issues of security of supply.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs) and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I am not aware of any plans for a future common EU food security policy. Food security has many components, including the stability and resilience of supply; the ability of the food system to withstand disruptions; food safety; nutrition and quality; and affordability. The EU has a role to play in relation to several aspects such as food safety, trade policy and agricultural policy.

What matters to security of supply is effective risk management, security of energy supplies, access to food from a variety of sources, a strong food chain and infrastructure and the capacity and contingency planning to deal with specific risks. Improved trading relationships, based on more open international markets will help facilitate these.

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Bruce Shaxson
Posted on 4 Feb 2008 2:30 pm (Report this annotation)

Jonathan R. Shaw ought to know that both food security and quality can only be guaranteed by British farmers. He also ought to know that since we were frogmarched into the EU by the Tories and kept there ever since by our other two undemocratic political party's we have lost our fishing industry with most other foods now being supplied by France and other much less efficient European members thanks to our politicians and their personal love of everything to do with Brussels. All British farmers now are just 'Green Keepers' according to politicians like JR Shaw, who devalue food production here; now we have to purchase overseas very expensive food instead.
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Bruce Shaxson.