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The main parties have now launched their manifestos ahead of the General Election on 7th May. We bring you the main points from each one relating to a key part of our own manifesto – food and farming. Read our own manifesto chapter on food and farming here 

Conservative 

  • Develop 25 year plan to promote British food
  • Treble the number of apprenticeships in food, farming and agri-tech
  • Promote British food abroad by setting up a Great British Food Unit
  • Ensure all government departments buy food to British standards of production by the end of the next Parliament
  • Push for country of origin labelling in Europe

Green

  • Move away from the intensification and industrialisation of animal farming and enforce strict animal welfare standards
  • End factory farming and introduce ban on cages for hens and rabbits and zero-grazing units for dairy cows
  • Improve food labelling and traceability including mandatory labelling of meat and dairy products on method of production and slaughter

Labour

  • Create a world- leading Food, Farm and Fisheries sector that creates better paid jobs and apprenticeships across the rural economy
  • Expand the role of the supermarket watchdog (Groceries Code Adjudicator) to support the growth of the sector and protect food producers from unfair practices by the major supermarkets

Lib Dem

  • Encourage investment, growth, innovation and new entrants, securing the future of the UK food and farming industry
  • Eliminate the remaining production and export subsidies and support the development of environmentally sustainable solutions to growing food demand
  • Introduce a National Food Strategy to promote the production and consumption of healthy, sustainable and affordable food
  • Allow the Groceries Code Adjudicator to use discretion when holding a supermarket responsible for the treatment of suppliers to help ensure farmers get paid a fair price

UKIP

  • Introduce a modified UK Single Farm Payment (SFP) to replace payments made under the Common Agricultural Policy following exit from the EU
  • Require the Competition Commission to promote fair practice in the food chain
  • Food labelling, under the control of Westminster following exit from the EU, will ensure animal products are labelled to show the country of origin, method of production and transport
  • Support research into GM foods and will allow a free vote in Parliament on their commercial cultivation