Influential Tory MP discusses his battle with Govt over Food standards in Farm Business

In the latest edition of Farm Business, Neil Parish, chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, discusses his battle with the Government over post-Brexit food import standards.

“Curiously there is some resistance in government to enhanced parliamentary scrutiny and strong legal protections in future trade deals for our farmers,” he writes on page 4.

“For me, Ministerial assurances won’t do. That’s why Parliament must step up, back my amendments, and force the Government to take the protection of our farmers seriously.”

Mr Parish also gives his thoughts on a Brexit no deal, an outcome he says must be averted. In this issue we also look at whether Tuesdays important votes in the Commons have made this dreaded scenario any less likely.

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What is it like to farm outside the EU? On page 8, Chris McCullough profiles a Swiss mountain farmer looking to satisfy the country’s taste for cheese. The farmer is happy outside the EU.

On page 9, Chloe Ryan profiles Morrisons, winner of the Food and Farming Industry Retailer of the Year award. The Bradford-based retailer’s agriculture manager Sophie Throup explains why it avoids fake farm brands – and why it is more interested in stockmanship than production system.

And on page 2, Richard Wright invokes Rumpole of the Bailey as he gives his views on the latest in the drive to persuade people to eat less meat. Enjoy!

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.