14 Jun 2022

AIC responds to Government’s Food Strategy

The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) welcomes the release of the Government’s white paper on food strategy for England and, given the multiple challenges facing our food system, is encouraged that several commitments have been made to drive resilience and support sustainable food production in the UK. 

“We are especially encouraged by commitments in the paper to work with farm businesses on volatility and risk management, publish a Land Use framework, consult on feed additives and their beneficial impacts on emissions, and launch a Food Data Transparency Partnership to help drive a mandatory methodology in sustainability claims in food,” says Robert Sheasby, AIC Chief Executive.

“As a key stakeholder in the agri-food supply chain, we look forward to hearing how AIC can continue to support and be part of these emerging workstreams.

“We believe that given the extraordinary challenges to food and feed supplies that the UK is facing, we must take a more strategic approach to core infrastructure across our food supply chain in order to meet the Government’s ambitions. For example, by improving our logistics networks, port capacities, and processing capabilities. 

“AIC therefore urges the Government to provide a clear plan on how it will encourage inward investment into core food infrastructure, in order to deliver the measures set out in its white paper.”

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About AIC

AIC is the UK trade association representing the agricultural supply chain sectors of Arable Marketing, Crop Protection and Agronomy, Feed, Fertiliser and Seeds, since its inception in 2003. In all, AIC represents members responsible for some £9 billion of farm trade. A significant part of its work is political lobbying and influencing as well as supporting members with technical information.

AIC Services, which is the professional services arm of AIC manages a range of services, including Assurance Schemes recognised by UK government as essential tools to underpin feed & food safety alongside fertiliser security.  Currently these include:

  • Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC)
  • Feed Materials Assurance Scheme (FEMAS)
  • Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS)
  • European Seed Treatment Assurance (ESTA)
  • Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme (FIAS)
  • Feed Adviser Register (FAR)
  • Renewable Energy Directive (RED)
  • Forage Assurance Scheme (FAA)
  • AIC Services Palm Oil Credit Scheme (APOCS)

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