The industry has reacted with disappointment after an amendment to the Agriculture Bill which would have banned low-standard food imports was rejected
Liz Webster, Save British Farming campaign organiser, said: “It is the biggest betrayal by British Government in living memory. Maybe ever.
“It is the biggest betrayal to British farming since the civil war at least.
“The only good thing is there is no more pretending there is going to be any possibility of the Government doing anything other than decimating farming.
“The reality is that they are backing farmers in developing countries before British farmers.
She said they would be continuing campaigning.
“If Trump loses there might be a step change,” she added.
“We know that 95 per cent of the people do not want this. That gives us great impetus. The public support is great.”
To MPs up and down the country I need a little help with number 5 on the vote for the #AgBill next week. When you cast your vote I just ask you recall this letter and think about our 8 year old’s bright future. This is our chance. I should be ok for rest ⛄️ pic.twitter.com/2NUsVW6RE8— stella owen (@stellaowenphill)
To MPs up and down the country I need a little help with number 5 on the vote for the #AgBill next week. When you cast your vote I just ask you recall this letter and think about our 8 year old’s bright future. This is our chance. I should be ok for rest ⛄️ pic.twitter.com/2NUsVW6RE8— stella owen (@stellaowenphill) October 8, 2020
Stella Owen in the Brecon Beacons had posted her daughter’s letter to Santa on twitter with an appeal to MPs to back British farmers, as she had asked to be a farmer when she grows up.
“We are all looking at this for our children and for the future.”
While some MPs may not have voted the way many people wanted, she hoped the pressure would have ‘made them think’.
“There is an opportunity now for them to go back to the Government and to come back with some compromise. We all want the same thing at the end of the day, we all want there to be a high standard of food,” she said. “Some of the traction it has had has been wonderful.
“Which? have got on board, Jamie Oliver has got on board, faces we have never really seen before. The public are behind us.’
Dorset farmer Sam Vincent: "I was a little disappointed in our Mp as his family farm local. Although not too surprised as looks like many were whipped with very few voting yes. He is a new MP and perhaps didn’t want to push his luck?
"It is what happens next and whether we can trust them? I am not sure now it looks as if Liz Truss is fixed on getting lots of new trade deals whatever the cost."
Farmers For Action in Northern Ireland has called on political parties to hold the Prime Minister to account on food standards, Covid-19 and climate change.
William Taylor highlighted the cost to the climate of trade deals where the same cargo, for example beef, passed each other on ships going to opposite ports which he said was for ‘corporate gain and consumers, farmers and planets loss’.
He called for the UK to utilise home produced meat before it imports and then only importing from the nearest sources.
“It is up to us all to shout from the rooftops and the ballot box to make them listen on preventing and reversing climate change at every opportunity and above all not allowing them to lower food standards.”