Prioritising food security

European Community butter mountains are distant memories. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Common Agricutlural Policy (CAP) encouraged production of a range of foodstuffs for which there was no natural market and masses of goods were holed up in massive stores as a mechanism to directly support farming incomes. Such policy was a failure and… Continue reading Prioritising food security

So, what will it be like come December 2024?

The British food industry commences 2024 with much less upward price pressure than it was enduring a year ago, when on some measures, not least the rather flaky ONS version, was speaking to close to 20% UK food inflation. Year-on-year (YoY), that position has markedly improved with the UK ONS Consumer Price Index (CPI) commencing… Continue reading So, what will it be like come December 2024?

Can the Government make a positive difference to the UK food system – please?

The sight of Mark Francois MP and his band of crap right-wingers holding court on prime news time at the Palace of Westminster ahead of a piece of self-suicide politics (Rwanda Bill) by a UK Government not looking at itself in the mirror, not reading the national dressing room, and not acting in the national… Continue reading Can the Government make a positive difference to the UK food system – please?

Would anyone like a glucagon-like peptide?

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‘Progress’ relentlessly persists in the world of medicine where great strides are being made in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer as well as degenerative illness such as dementia. The extent to which such ailments are diet related is a big debate. Less of a debate is the role of diet upon obesity but this… Continue reading Would anyone like a glucagon-like peptide?

Planning for growth…

It is party conference season in the UK with Bournemouth, Liverpool, and Manchester the nexus of political discourse, vanity, and hot air. Prime Minister Sunak managed to speak without referencing the multiple car crash of his previous two predecessors, arguably four, something that Labour will not avoid in never-ending renditions of thirteen years of Tory… Continue reading Planning for growth…

Are better times ahead for the UK food system?

Times have been challenging, frustrating, for most firms participating of food supply chains in recent times. Big left field events, a far from competent UK government, supply-side constraints, and an immensely competitive industry tends to make for such challenge with wins hard gained. Despite a plethora of politicised news and opinion, could we be through… Continue reading Are better times ahead for the UK food system?

Change in Whitehall has to come…

I have written previously in these pages about the catalogue of incompetence and incapability at the heart of Whitehall, which is a draining burden upon the energy, goodwill, patience, and finances of the British food industry. The largest industry in the UK in so many respects, a ten minute speech from the Prime Minister is… Continue reading Change in Whitehall has to come…

UK food price expectations

Food inflation remains the economic variable of the day as UK food price appreciation remains especially fulsome. The UK Government is right to be concerned about such inflation, not least because of its regressive impact upon the poorest albeit is worthwhile pointing out that obesity is a major food policy issue too, somewhat centred upon… Continue reading UK food price expectations

Let’s be polite and just call Ed Davey – ‘ignorant’

The local authority elections provide the platform for politicians to say stupid things. Some are more consequential than others, of course, and in the case of Ed Davey, leader of that minority sport that is The Liberal Democrats, backers of the Student Loan Scheme when in power, easy to ignore. However, the crass stupidity of… Continue reading Let’s be polite and just call Ed Davey – ‘ignorant’

What do salad shortages say about the UK food system?

Late winter in the UK and the surprises of modern life just keep coming as we approach the third anniversary of then Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, deciding to lock the country down. Indeed, a little over a year ago we all watched in absolute horror as Vladimir Putin showed he was a liar by invading… Continue reading What do salad shortages say about the UK food system?