Elizabeth Truss

  • Open data to boost farming and feed the world

    SHARING DATA is the way for farmers and the food industry to find revolutionary news ways to boost farming and feed the world. Speaking at the Open Data Institute (ODI) Futures event on agriculture, environment secretary Elizabeth Truss said sharing… Read More

  • Milk crisis comes to our doorsteps

    FARMERS SUFFERING from low prices have so far targeted supermarkets with their protest but foodservice firms can’t afford to ignore the issue, writes David Burrows. The milk crisis has finally spilled over into the foodservice sector. In recent weeks retail… Read More

  • Great British Food campaign launched

    TOP CHEFS and pioneers of the foodservice sector will be involved in a five-year campaign to push British food both at home and overseas. The “Great British Food” campaign will run for five years and include trade missions, food festivals… Read More

  • Numbers you need to know

    Sign of the times More than 144,000 people signed a petition in support of a 7p charge on every regular-sized can of soft drink with added sugar. As is parliamentary protocol, the government considered the topic for debate. And then said… Read More

  • A lot of bottle

    LAST MONTH’S British Food Fortnight had the DEFRA press office in overdrive. There was the first regional British Food and Farming Plan event, a “new call for food labels to meet growing demand for local produce” (albeit using old research),… Read More

  • Subsidies to solar farms to be cut

    ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY Liz Truss has called solar farms “a blight on the landscape” and revealed plans to cut subsidies under new plans to ensure more land is dedicated to food production.                  … Read More

  • UK exports reaching global high

    THE ENVIRONMENT secretary, Liz Truss, has announced that a record number of countries are importing UK foods.                   Products including Yorkshire Ice and cheese are being shipped around the world into restaurants,… Read More

  • The political print: DEFRA the poisoned challis

    THE CABINET reshuffle seems to have inflamed a very public spat between he deposed environment secretary, Owen Paterson, and Greenpeace. Claims and counterclaims, regarding burning effigies and death threats, provided the Guardian and Daily Telegraph with plenty of copy. Paterson’s… Read More

  • Ministers consider need for new Food Crime Unit

    THE DEPARTMENT for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Food Standards Agency has issued a new report on food security and the introduction of a Food Crime Unit. The special report was commissioned by the government to address the current… Read More

  • Russian food ban – support for Scottish fishing businesses

    ELIZABETH TRUSS, the Environment Secretary has pledged her full support for Scotland’s world-class fishing industry in response to Russia’s unjustified food export ban. The UK government, alongside industry, the Scottish government and the European Commission (EC), is working to open… Read More