We who live in Britain and buy our food here (only 60% of which is grown in the country, with the rest imported) cannot help but be interested in the current state of UK food production and its future prospects. Phil Bicknell, Head of Food & Farming at the National Farmers Union, fields questions from biotechnologist Vivian Moses representing the inquiring British layman.
Are there dark threats on the horizon or glowing prospects? Will climate change have unpleasant consequences or will we benefit? Will champagne production really move from France to England as some have suggested? Most of us live in towns and cities with probably a rather hazy notion of the realities of farming and the origins of our food. To respond to these and related issues, Professor Vivian Moses proposed a series of discussions with experts in relevant fields for Talking of Food.This is a good chance to learn a bit more.