Government targets food fit for the future in system overhaul

The government has taken the first steps towards a new National Food Strategy by launching a call for evidence examining the way food is produced, sold and consumed in the UK.

Launched on 17 August, Developing a national food strategy, is seeking evidence and ideas that can be considered in a review of the UK’s food system ahead of developing the eventual strategy. It is open to “anyone” from producers and retailers to interested citizens, with a summary of responses to be published 12 weeks after the consultation closes on 25 October.

The views gathered will then inform the first major review of the UK’s food system for almost 75 years, led by entrepreneur Henry Dimbleby, aiming to ensure the industry is fit for the future, supports growth, enhances the environment and is resilient to challenges posed by climate change. It will examine what is working well and the role new technology could play in revolutionising the country’s food supply, including innovations such as carbon neutral manufacturing and crops that tackle climate change.

Dimbleby said: “We’re launching the call for evidence today to gather insights and inspiration to help transform our food system. These could be policies or ideas that make it easier for us to make more informed decisions about the food we eat; that make food production more environmentally sustainable; that help food businesses and communities to thrive; or that could put our country at the forefront of innovation in the coming years.”

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