Farming Conferences and Food Standards

At the beginning of January, two major annual farming conferences were held in Oxford. The Oxford Real Farming Conference focus is on an agroecological approach to food production. Keep an eye on their website for when the reports appear from a fascinating programme of talks. At the NFU Conference, the Environment Secretary, Theresa Villiers failed to reassure farmers that the government would protect British food standards in trade negotiations post-Brexit. However, in i-news on 10th January, she is reported to have said in an interview on Countryfile programme being broadcast on 12th January that “We will not be importing chlorinated chicken. We will not be importing hormone-treated beef. Both of those are illegal under EU law, which we are importing into our domestic system. There are legal barriers to their import and those are going to stay in place.” Hoorah! Can we trust in this?