UK population is now 66 million and predicted to keep on increasing.
The UK supplies just 49% of its own food, meaning over 40% of our food is imported. This figure was only 26% 20 years ago.
UK Trade gap in food, drink and animal feed is now over £24 billion. This figure was £12 billion in 2000.
1 in 8
The food and farming industry is worth more than £111 billion annually and supports 1 in 8 jobs.
The current level of borrowing in the farming industry is £18 billion.
The current level of buffer food stocks in this country is extremely low.
There is an over-reliance on the main supermarkets’ contingency plans for our supply of food in the event of a crisis.
59 years old
The average age of UK farmers is now 59 and the majority of farmers’ children are reluctant to take over the family farm.
Food producers are struggling to maintain production, let alone increase it. Many feel they have no hope of increasing it.