Campaigners claim that David Cameron is trying to ‘face two ways at once’ with his promise—made on Monday 21 July—that all Whitehall departments would buy locally sourced food wherever possible from 2017. According to the World Development Movement, the plan has been presented as part of a package of measures aimed at boosting British agriculture, but conflicts with his active support for an EU-US free trade deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
In negotiations on the deal the EU, backed by Cameron, is pushing the US to abandon schemes which currently allow government departments to prioritise American products. The EU wants to force open procurement practices to tougher international competition—something campaigners fear will water down quality standards on a range of products. Continue reading “Cameron faces both ways” »