The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has urged the UK government to commit to maintaining the country’s 60 percent food self-sufficiency; the NFU called a conference of groups on December 14, 2021, to discuss the concerns. Food sector organizations have warned that without government intervention, the UK will face a “worsening food supply chain catastrophe.” Staffing shortages will be considered as well. The following is a statement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra): “The government acted quickly to tackle the challenges to our supply chains”. To keep the UK manufacturing alive, Andrew Opie, director of food and sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, also urged the government to provide a “clear strategy” for addressing labor shortages as well as a “coherent food policy.” The government has increased the number of visas available under the agricultural Seasonal Workers Pilot scheme to 30,000, according to a Defra spokesman.