Parties unveil food strategies

Tories pledge a supermarket ombudsman

The Conservatives are to announce plans to introduce a supermarket ombudsman to protect the interests of farmers.

The ombudsman would settle disputes between retailers and suppliers. British farmers have long complained that they suffer abuses of power from big food retailers.

The announcement will come at the Oxford Farming Conference.

Labour is also due to launch a food strategy, aimed at cutting waste and reducing carbon emissions. Ideas are expected to include "meat free Mondays" and more allotments.


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