Food after Brexit: Increased prices and lower quality
According to Professor Tim Lang of the Centre for Food Policy at City University, long-term decline in Britain’s self-sufficiency has left the food system in a “fragile’ state.
Brexit risks increasing food prices, lowering safety and welfare standards, causing food shortages and worsening a public health crisis in the UK, members of a House of Lords committee heard on Wednesday.
The country already has a “catastrophic” £22,5bn trade deficit in food, Professor Tim Lang of the Centre for Food Policy at City University said.
A long-term decline in Britain’s self-sufficiency has left the food system in a “fragile” state, he told the Lords EU energy and environment sub-committee. A third of the food Britons eat currently comes from the EU.
Ian Wright, head of the UK’s food manufacturing lobby, said Brexit will mean higher prices and could reduce choice.
“Brexit is the single biggest thread to that situation that we have seen in our lifetimes,” Mr Wright said, adding that he didn't want to see a return to the “dark days” of the 1950s, when food was rationed.