Not enough food produced in EU

NFU president Peter Kendall echoed the sentiments of Professor Ian Crute at this year's Fruit Focus when he also said that the industry needs to get the public on its side.

Kendall, speaking at the NFU and Syngenta Bioline forum at Fruit Focus in Kent last week, referred to a report just published by Humboldt University that found the EU is relying on the output of 35 million virtual hectares in the rest of the world to meet its food needs - twice the UK's agricultural land area.

Kendall said: "If we're going to get our dependence down, we'll need the public on side as well as the politicians."


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