‘The days of cheap food are over’ – how food security concerns are fuelling higher prices

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With the entire UK state fraying at the seams, surging energy prices, war in Europe and heatwaves have exacerbated worries about the country’s long-term food security

Figures from Defra show the UK imported 46% of the total food it consumed in 2021. The country’s food production is far from self-sufficient, leaving it exposed to current conditions. 


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