Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

Healthy food is everyone's business

By Jane Campbell

21st July 2021

The National Food Strategy is a rigorously researched, eloquently written and passionate call to action. As the dust settles, it’s time for serious conversation about how we work together to take the eminently achievable recommendations in the Strategy into the promised White Paper. They are the first steps on the route to a different future for food, farming and land use, improving the public’s health, reducing inequalities and acting on the nature and climate crises.

Over the next week, we will be releasing a series of short papers from our research team to explore and develop the ideas in the National Food Strategy and discussing what needs to happen now.

This is a critical moment. It’s both deadly serious - we have just 9 growing seasons left until 2030 - and hopeful, as we see a growing consensus forming around a route to a better future. When we published Our Future in the Land in 2019, which shares the same analysis and many recommendations as Henry’s Strategy, that consensus was not so clear.

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t’s time to let governments know we want them to be bold, radical and practical, to create the conditions for business and citizens to work together to get this done.