Generation Brexit

Let's keep EU food standards

JForster | 11 months ago | in UK's and EU's Common Future

Apparently Liam Fox is open to ignore food and animal welfare standards so that he can get his "very big, very powerful" trade deal with Trump. He's open to putting chlorine washed chicken and meat full of hormones into our market which absolutely gives me the boke. As a consumer I definitely do not want these kind of products on the market. 

Tollak Bowitz 11 months ago

Absolutely! And if i'm not mistaken, changing (lowering) UK food standards to create a trade deal with the US will close off the EU market for UK farmers. That being said, we are still, thankfully, far away from a creation of a trade agreement with the US. Instead international trade secretary Liam Fox worked to establish a working group to look at opportunities for the future, so-called 'special relationship' between UK/US.

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Liam Robson 11 months ago

Exactly – accept lower US standards and we'll surely have to lower domestic standards to compete, and then we'd lose access to the entire EU market. It's a slippery slope we shouldn't go down. Thankfully the Environment Secretary at least is completely against lowering standards, and is talking about raising standards (e.g. no live animal exports) once we leave instead.

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lana_m 9 months ago

I believe that rather than focusing on the American market, the UK should comply with the EU food standards, as the EU is an important trade partner. Furthermore, the UK shouldn't compromise its ethical duties in order to comply with the American standards.

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(Account removed) 9 months ago

Completely agree with this; I also heard that the 6 biggest agricultural companies are wanting to collaborate into twos so we end up with 3 major ones, that will further destroy the lives of farmers and state of our agricultural practices.
Furthermore, although EU food laws are not perfect, if we do not maintain trading then we will see greater imports from further away, increasing transportation, and thus chemicals and plastic used.

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