Defra and Henry Dimbleby have launched a Call for Evidence to help create the government’s first ever National Food Strategy in 75 years.
As part of the process Henry Dimbleby has been commissioned by the government to conduct a review into the environmental and health problems caused by the UK’s food system, to ensure the security of its food supply, and to ‘maximise the benefits of the coming revolution in agricultural technology.’
Described by think-tank The Food Foundation as, ‘a once in a generation opportunity to shape our food system for the future,’ the Call for Evidence is looking for ideas big and small from individual citizens, practitioners, businesses, NGOs, trade associations and any other organisations with an interest in what we eat and how it reaches our plates; from government policies to simple practical things that make a difference in your community or your business.
NFU President Minette Batters commented, “British food is amongst the best, safest and most affordable in the world and UK farming plays a crucial role in providing the raw ingredients that form the backbone of our country’s food system. It’s time we took pride and interest in our food industry, which is worth over £120 billion to the national economy and employs four million people. The NFU is pleased to work with Henry Dimbleby to continue the development of a food system that delivers high quality, safe and affordable food for all.”
More details can be found at https://consult.defra.gov.uk/agri-food-chain-directorate/national-food-strategy-call-for-evidence/
Picture caption: NFU President Minette Batters