The BMPA claims the UK Government has made it “doubly difficult” to recruit new butchers as a result of Brexit and a lack of funding for education courses.
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The news that the UK Government is set to better regulate contracts has been welcomed by bodies’ such as Diary UK and the NFU, as more formal pricing mechanisms were favoured by respondents.
Robin May, Chief Scientific Advisor at The Food Standards Agency (FSA), discusses DEFRA’s consultation into the regulation of genetic technologies and urges the public’s participation in the scheme.
A temporary control zone has been implemented on Anglesey, although this could be increased if lab tests confirm the strain is highly pathogenic.
The organic certification body fears that gene editing and genetic modification are not suitable solutions to what it has called the “ecological crisis”.
The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is worried that without contingency plans, companies will not be able to get their products out of the country come 1 January 2021.
Trade associations have warned that without more vets to sign off on export health certificates, food trade between the UK and EU member states could suffer.
The largest certifier of UK organic land, OF&G (Organic Farmers & Growers), has stated that a holistic, cohesive approach is needed to redress the balance between productivity and thriving wildlife – both of which are essential to secure a sustainable and healthy system.
In a letter to Government, 21 of the UK’s major food companies are calling for more stringent regulation to ban imports of food produced from deforestation, reports BBC News.
MPs from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee have urged the Government to take immediate action on food insecurity in the UK - amidst the pandemic and beyond.
Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) cattle vaccination trials are set to take place in England and Wales, with the potential to prevent 40,000 cattle from being slaughtered each year, better support farming communities and reduce the need for such rigorous food safety checks.
The nine projects to receive funding are applying big data, artificial intelligence and robotics to UK farming, with the aim of establishing a more efficient system of food production that cuts costs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
The British Government has stated that it remains confident that the Agriculture Bill will reach Royal Assent in time to begin the transition towards a new, fairer agricultural system in England as planned in 2021.