Defra released its food security strategy earlier this week. Whilst I’ve not read it, none of the news reports I’ve seen about it have mentioned that it includes measures to deal with supermarket power over suppliers.
I think tackling food waste and encouraging allotments are admirable goals (seriously, who are all these people growing veggies in London?). However, it’s far more important to Britain’s food security to ensure that farmers here can make a viable living without being squeezed by the monopsony power that major supermarkets wield.
Given the government’s track record of craven behaviour when it comes to big business, it’s not a huge surprise that Defra is unwilling to address this issue.