In the Times, yesterday:
Scottish shoppers will have “a lot less domestic food to eat” if the UK cannot end Brexit labour shortages, a farm leader has warned.
Scott Walker, chief executive of the National Farmers Union (NFU), has been lobbying for an emergency visa regime to get EU workers back in to fields and food factories.
However, he said yesterday that consumers in Scotland were likely to see less on their plates from domestic producers — and less variety in shops — because of complications after the departure from the European Union.https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/homegrown-food-shortage-threat-in-scotland-8g9j5k7x8
Surely, there will be plenty? See this from December 2020:
New figures from the Scottish Government reveal that in the first nine months of this year, Scottish food and drink export sales were down £1.1bn on the same period in 2019.
In percentage terms, Scottish exports were down by 22.4% year-on-year.
The contraction in Scottish food exports was seen in all categories except animal feed and live animals, with exports of fish and seafood seeing large decreases – down £112m – compared to the first to third quarters of 2019.https://www.insider.co.uk/news/horrendous-2020-sees-scottish-food-23188706
So, if it’s not getting exported, we can just buy it cheap locally?
There’s plenty of it:
Scotland accounts for 29 per cent of all UK food and drink sales to overseas markets.https://www.insider.co.uk/news/food-drink-grows-three-times-20164795
29%? That’ll be a bit more than our share of the population? 8%? So, nearly 4 times?