01-07-2014 07:55 AM | United Kingdom

UK future food security threatened by complacency, MPs warn

The UK’s ability to feed itself is threatened by “complacency” over the extreme weather driven by climate change and increasing competition for food as the world’s population grows, MPs warned on Tuesday.

The environment, food and rural affairs (Efra) select committee said ministers must put plans in place to secure supplies of fruit and vegetables and the soya needed to feed the nation’s dairy herds, noting that the UK’s self-sufficiency for food that can be grown domestically has fallen from 87% to 68% in 20 years. The MPs also urged the embracing of technology, including genetically modified crops and robots that weed fields.

“Complacency is a genuine risk to future UK food security,” said Anne McIntosh, Conservative MP and chair of the Efra committee.
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