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Increase import tax on food items

Comment 7th July 2010

We all know about the decline in our own farming. There are many programmes on television now showing us how and where our food is produced and we all want to reduce our food air miles.

With companies like Mc Donalds importing their chicken from south America because it is cheaper, surely it would be of benifit to increase import tax on such products so that our farmers could supply firms like these.

Buying food items out of season, as we all know, is now a way of life, and I dont think we would be able to change the mindset of the general public, but making out of season imported food items more expensive, then we may start to change the buying habits of a lot of people looking for cheaper produce at that time of year. Which will be non imported british grown food.

It may well be impractical to increase import tax on all food items, but surely we could start with the food items we know we can produce well in this country. Cows, sheep,pigs and chicken. The government should make it impossible for a person to buy a lamb cheaper from New Zealand than from Wales.

Finally, with UK farmers employimg more staff and making more money for themselves, this would increase the amount of income tax paid, which also helps the british economy.

Its all very well and good buying meat, fruit and vegetables from overseas, but it shouldnt be so cheap to do so.

Why does this matter?

My idea is important on two fronts.

 

Firstly, UK farming is on the decline, imported food is now becoming the norm. More and more people want to know the history of the food on their plate. British farmers produce high quality food which can be traced back to the farm. Can this be said of a pig reared in Holland, or a cow reared in south America?

Secondly, increasing the tax income to the treasury. If the imported food has a higher tax amount paid, then there is more money for the treasury. Obviously increasing the import tax will mean less is imported but this should cancel out each other. If tax were to be doubled to 20% imported food may decline by a half. So income to the treasury will remain the same, but the UK farmer would have to produce more food to compensate for the lack of imported food, thus increasing the income tax paid by the farmer. giving a net increase in funds to the treasury.

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