Brexit poses huge risks to the UK’s food and farming systems, with the country facing a race to the bottom driven by the rush to secure trade deals at any cost, according to a report from the Food Ethics Council. In fact, many farmers and food suppliers face going out of business in such a scenario, says the report’s author Dan Crossley, executive director of the organisation.
“It is a depressing picture,” the Guardian reports him saying at the Global Sustainable Food Forum. “People would be faced with lower standards and worse quality food in the supermarkets. Chlorine-washed chicken has been talked about already, but there are lots more examples that we would see.”
The UK already compares poorly internationally on food system sustainability, placing below Hungary and just above Ethiopia in the latest Food Sustainability Index from the Barilla Food Centre. The top three ranked countries are France, Japan and Germany, respectively, with France scoring highly for its policy response to food loss and policy response to food waste. According to the index authors, successive governments have taken a pro-active response to limit distribution-level loss and end-user waste – the country loses only 1.8% of its total food production to wastage annually.
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