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Food chain review

The findings of an independent review that will consider the food chain from field to fork will be used to develop a National Food Strategy for England[2].

This independent review will look at the entire food chain, from field to fork, including production, marketing, processing, sale and purchase of food (for consumption in the home and out of it). It will also look at the consumer practices, resources and institutions involved in these processes.

The review will be chaired by Henry Dimbleby, the co-founder of Leon restaurants, lead non-executive director at Defra and co-author of The School Food Plan; he will be supported by an advisory group and Defra officials. A call for evidence is being launched this summer and the review will publish its findings in summer 2020.

The National Food Strategy will build on the work underway in the Agriculture Bill, the Environment Bill, the Fisheries Bill, the Industrial Strategy and the Childhood Obesity Plan. It is intended to be an overarching strategy for government, designed to ensure that our 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 our urban and rural economies, delivering well paid jobs and supporting innovative producers and manufacturers across the country

• delivers all this in an efficient and cost effective way.

References

2. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/developing-a-national-food-strategy-independent-review-2019

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