National Food Strategy: Submission from the Campaign for Local Abattoirs

The Campaign for Local Abattoirs submitted evidence to the UK Government’s National Food Strategy in October 2019. The campaign group represents those interested in protecting local abattoirs and the future of local meat, including the Sustainable Food Trust and National Craft Butchers. 

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Summary

Small abattoirs continue to close due to a harsh economic climate and poorly matched regulations (Campaign for Local Abattoirs, 2018). This creates problems for those supplying local meat markets (Kennard and Young, 2018). While UK beef and lamb producers have seen a downturn in demand recently, anecdotally sales of meat from pasture-fed, organic, free-range, environmental stewardship, or indigenous breeds, are on the increase. This has been helped by

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