As Brexit approaches, the conversation in our office has turned to food imports and whether the UK could become self-sufficient in food. Am I right in thinking that there are good environmental grounds for a move to more home-produced food?

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As Brexit approaches, the conversation in our office has turned to food imports and whether the UK could become self-sufficient in food. Am I right in thinking that there are good environmental grounds for a move to more home-produced food?

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At present the UK only produces about half of the food we eat (2017 Defra statistics). The rest is imported, with 30% of our food coming from the EU. Our biggest EU supplier is Spain, which supplies us with large quantities of fruit and vegetables. Since Britain joined the EU our tastes in food have changed and crops which grow better in southern Europe such as peppers and olives have become everyday staples.

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