The final report of the Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC), published this week, is an elaborate verbal compromise document that reflects the diversity of participants.
The group was an offer from the government to the agricultural industry after activists, including unions, failed to win parliamentary support for a ban on the import of food produced here using illegal methods.
With the support of numerous well-known chefs and food activists, International Trade Minister Liz Truss may have been surprised when the NFU won more than one million signatories in its petition for this.
Since the days of the founding father of the United States, a meeting between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson has asked Washington to justify the creation of a second meeting room, the Senate, in the proposed legislature. have something to talk about.
Washington is said to have answered, as the habit was to pour tea into a saucer to cool it before drinking, the Senate scrutinized the proposed law long enough to cool both passions. It was a place to be done.
The stated purpose of the TAC was to advise the government on how to promote the interests of British farmers, food producers and consumers in future trade agreements.
No one is overly sarcastic to conclude that the real value to the Department for International Trade is only to cool the passion of those seeking what the government never intended to offer.
But we have to wait for how the government intends to respond to the Commission’s recommendations.
By dragging the NFU into a slightly liberal position, not only will it provide a little more political coverage, but the government may move towards a more protective and trade-oriented position than previously intended.
One of the interesting footnotes to the report was the observation by Chair Tim Smith that all exercises of editing a 70-page document were performed remotely between the 15 members and their staff.
Smith said he regrets meeting only a handful of other participants in person, and what would be the difference if farmers, lobbyists and bureaucrats were able to look at each other properly? I wondered if it was. Eye?
He is arguably far from the only person in food and agriculture who has already missed the rare opportunity to meet farmers and people in other industries in person in the last 12 months.
So it was great news to hear that the organizers of the Great Yorkshire Show, a great agricultural institution, are planning to hold another event in July this year.
Efforts to move agricultural events online over the past year have been noteworthy and have done much to dispel the protracted suspicion that the agricultural community is made up of technophobia and luddite.
However, I think many people, like me, feel itchy trying to get back to normal as soon as they are safe.
The sight of cows lined up, the taste of overpriced burgers, the sound of gossip around a sheepshoe, and the feel of a heavy bag with giveaways and pamphlets at the end of the day-bring it!
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