We asked influential leaders what they thought about the response to the National Food Strategy, and where it leaves UK nations.
29th June 2022
With less than a decade left to 2030, and food security set to stay top of the agenda in the run up to COP27 in November, where does the government's response to the National Food Strategy leave us?
It is clear that citizens, farmers, and progressive food businesses all want the same thing: a fair balanced and sustainable food system, which works better for everyone, and especially the poor and vulnerable in society.
Making real progress towards this means tackling a number of policy areas simultaneously: food, diets and health, farming and land use, action for climate and nature, progressive trade and international relations, reducing waste and optimising resources. Only by addressing the whole system can UK nations together build a fairer more transparent food economy that supports UK primary producers, food security, and food sovereignty.
The Government Food Strategy gives some positive signals to this effect, many of which are aligned with the recommendations of our 2019 report, Our Future in the Land, as well as subsequent research. We applaud commitments to:
But, the devil is in the detail of these proposals, and in the government's ability to act swiftly with the whole food system in mind. Without addressing certain key elements of this system, progress towards the government's economic goals, as well as its climate and nature ambitions, are at risk.
What are the key risks and opportunities going forwards?
What do other people in the sector think?
We asked influential leaders what they thought about the response to the National Food Strategy, and where it leaves UK nations. Watch their responses.