Government launches call for evidence on National Food Strategy.

Defra has called for evidence to inform the new National Food Strategy.

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Henry Dimbleby launched the call for evidence this weekend, with Defra accepting submissions up until 25 October. The evidence will inform what will be the UK's first National Food Strategy for 75 years.

The strategy will address the environmental and health problems caused by our food system, to ensure the security of UK food supply, and to maximise the benefits of the coming revolution in agricultural technology.

It is intended to be an overarching strategy for government, designed to ensure that the UK's food system delivers safe, healthy, affordable food, regardless of where people live or how much they earn; is robust in the face of future shocks; restores and enhances the natural environment for the next generation in this country; is built upon a resilient, sustainable and humane agriculture sector; is a thriving contributor to urban and rural economies, delivering well-paid jobs and supporting innovative producers and manufacturers across the country; and delivers all of this in an efficient and cost-effective way.

The government has committed to responding with a White Paper six months after the review is published. It has also asked Dimbleby to review progress 12 months after that.

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A system change that securely produces nutritious, affordable food that can help solve climate crisis and restore nature could be the consequence of this Call for Evidence. Have YOUR say
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