The evolution of the UK's agriculture and food policy regimes
This chapter outlines the historical evolution of UK food and agricultural policy-making institutions in the UK from the mid-19th century until the start of the BSE saga in the mid-1980s. One focus is on the importance of the role of stabilizing what would otherwise have been highly volatile markets, and another is on the ways in which the crises created by both World Wars influenced the evolution of those policy regimes. The creation of the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (MAFF) in the aftermath of the Second World War is emphasized, along with the tensions inherent its mandate between protecting the interests of producers and those of consumers. Food safety disputes in the 1980s, prior to the emergence of BSE, are also outlined.
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