It has often been stated that food security is achieved when all people at all times have physical and economical access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
Food security is inextricably linked to political stability and has the serious potential to affect our national security. In a time of crisis, cutting off our food supply could well be the first aim of the enemy. Would any defence policy not be negated by our dependence on imported food?
The UK Government is responsible for the needs of the people and for ensuring that our food supply is sufficiently protected from the vulnerability of disruption. According to the Chamber of Shipping, 95% of UK trade is carried by sea. Therefore safe and secure use of the sea is an absolute necessity. Only a tiny amount of UK food imports come or could come by air.