What the US pig industry wants from a UK-US trade deal

 

By Alistair Driver, Pig World (UK)

October 9, 2020

 

In the July issue of Pig World, ALISTAIR DRIVER sought the views of Nick Giordano, of the US National Pork Producers Council, to find out what the US pig sector wants from a US-UK deal, highlighting the vast gulf in the two positions.

 

Momentum for the campaign to protect UK farmers under post-Brexit trading arrangements continues to grow at an extraordinary pace.

 

An NFU petition urging the Government to ensure future trade deals do not lead to an increase in food imports that would be illegal to produce here passed one million signatures in mid-June, an extraordinary effort in just a few weeks.

 

The campaign has been heavily backed in the national media, led by the Daily Mail, with growing celebrity backing from the likes of chef Jamie Oliver and celebrity farmers Jimmy Doherty and Jeremy Clarkson.

 

NFU president Minette Batters, who has rarely been off the airwaves on the subject, said the huge show of support demonstrated ‘how passionate the British public feel about this issue’. This was further reflected in a survey by Which? showing that 95% of the 2,000 people surveyed feel it is important for the UK to maintain existing food standards, while 74% were opposed to importing food produced using methods such as chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef.

 

The consumer champion called on the Government to heed these concerns and put its commitment to maintaining food standards into law.

 

More attention has also been paid to the implications of a US trade deal for the pig sector, including an in-depth and high-profile article on the farm level impact in the Financial Times, set up by the NPA.

 

Political division ...

 

US priorities ...

 

Ractopamine ...

 

Gestation crates ...

 

Antibiotic use ...

 

Piglet castration ...

 

Bridging the gap?  ...

 

Welfare focus ...

 

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