Too many people are pessimistic about Britain’s economic prospects. The pace of development in the developing world is creating huge new markets which we are perfectly positioned to service. I believe our world-class Life Sciences sector (biomedicine, clean-tech and agri-science) can help us ‘seed’ the markets and allies the UK will need for a sustainable economic recovery, however agriculture has for too long been neglected in this respect.The challenge of food insecurity and sustainability demands a new strategic response from Government. [read more]
Today I was delighted to Chair the meeting to launch the publication of ABC’s Going for Growth Report. The Report paves the way for the agriculture industry to truly lead an economic recovery fuelled through export growth and sustainable development. It highlights the need to focus on political and trade links with emerging markets, promote and unlock the economic potential of the UK’s world class agricultural research in the Government’s growth drive, and the need to work across Governments in a coordinated project to promote the appliance of UK science in this key sector.