Farming and the environment must go hand-in-hand, and producing quality, home-grown food is critical to the future of the country, says the Stoneleigh-headquartered NFU.
The remarks follow publication of the Government’s 25-year Environment Plan.
NFU Vice President Guy Smith said: “Farming offers innovative solutions to wider environmental challenges. For instance the Government’s current concern with plastics highlighted by the BBC’s brilliant Blue Planet series could be met with substituting synthetic plastics with farm produced biodegradable starch-based packaging.
“We provide the raw materials for a domestic food industry that employs 3.8 million people and which, as the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, generates £112 billion in value for the UK economy. This is why we welcomed the Secretary of State’s commitment to create a national food policy and his recognition that food is at the heart of viable farming businesses.”