Part one of the National Food Strategy, led by the founder of the Leon restaurant chain, Henry Dimbleby, inset, highlights the need to protect food standards and outlines it recommendations for improving children’s diets.
The findings have been welcomed by the CLA with president, Mark Bridgeman, calling it a “timely” publication. “The economic shock created by Covid-19, the UK’s exit from the European Union and the continued threat of climate change have created a unique set of risks and opportunities for the UK’s supply chain.
“The publication of part one of the National Food Strategy could not be more timely.
“British farmers work hard to feed the nation, delivering food produced to some of the highest environmental and animal welfare standards in the world.
“We are pleased to see recognition that any future trade deals must uphold these standards, and that import tariffs should only be lowered for countries that themselves adhere to high standards.
“The report marks an important first step in guaranteeing high quality food for everyone in the UK, regardless of their background or circum-stances.”
NFU president, Minette Batters, agreed saying UK farmers and growers were ready to play their part.
“The NFU welcomes the publication of the first stage of the National Food Strategy, which urges quick action on health, supporting the young and vulnerable and upholding our food values and standards.
“British farmers and growers stand ready to play their part in helping to ensure everyone in society has access to an enjoyable, sustainable and healthy balanced diet. For example, the nation needs to eat more healthy foods, and we can grow more fruit and vegetables right here in the UK.”
Part two of the strategy is due to be published in 2021.
It will focus on broader land use policy and include a root and branch examination of the food system and the economics that shape it.
Part one of the National Food Strategy is available to download at nationalfoodstrategy.org