Nation Farmers Union (NFU) President, Peter Kendall, warned in his New Year's message that the UK's food gap is set to widen further unless the Government takes action to reverse the trend.
When setting out the Union's priorities for 2011 Mr Kendall said the Government would need to lay foundations now to ensure the UK is primed to meet the future challenges of food security.
The UK's population is set to grow to more than 70 mill by 2030 and consumers are likely to become more reliant than ever on imported food. The UK currently imports more than 40% of its food, an increase of about 25% in the last 20 years, and by 2030 one in every two meals could be imported unless domestic production increases.
Mr Kendall said: "I'm not suggesting we need to take an isolationist approach to food production; we're a trading nation and trade is also viatl to our food security, it ensures variety and is an opportunity for the industry too. But if we're going to ensure food supplies for UK consumers it is in our national interest to produce more in the UK.