On 6th April 2020 the Bishop of St Albans, Rt Revd Alan Smith, received a written answer to a question on encouraging food production as a result of Covid-19.
The Lord Bishop of St Albans: HL2831 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage domestic food production as a result of COVID-19.
Lord Gardiner of Kimble: We are lucky in the UK that we have the climate, the landscape, and the entrepreneurial farmers and food producers that equip us to produce world-class food. We will always champion our farmers and producers to provide a reliable and sustainable food supply to the British public, supporting them to grow more of our great British food. This includes through using powers under our landmark Agriculture Bill, and through our work with the Food and Drink Sector Council, a formal industry partnership with Government, helping create a more productive and sustainable food and drink sector.
Half of the food that the UK population consumes is home-grown and it is renowned for its quality, high standards of food safety, traceability, animal welfare and sustainability. The Government has well established ways of working with the food and farming industry on potential disruptions to the supply chain. We will work closely with stakeholders and industry to support preparations for a range of scenarios and are ready to respond to emerging issues quickly and effectively.