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Food supply security is in the POST

The 2016-17 POST Fellow, Ruth Barnes, University of Reading, has published her POSTnote entitled ‘Security of UK Food Supply’. This marks the culmination of three months of research while working at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).Each year

Ruth Barnes

IFST provides funding of £5,000 for a PhD student to spend three months working on a food-related POSTnote. These are published to provide parliamentarians with a digest on topical subjects within science and technology.

The security of UK food supply is a key priority for the Government, particularly in light of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This note outlines current UK trade in food and animal feed, examines the challenges for security of the UK's food supply after Brexit and analyses the policy options for improving UK food security.

Ruth said: ‘My secondment provided a valuable insight into the parliamentary process and how good scientific guidance for legislators is provided.

'In compiling my guidance notes I was able to interview representatives of key UK organisations – some of the top scientists in the field.

Sometimes challenging but always fascinating, this was an experience I shall always remember.

'I strongly encourage other students to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity that I feel will help me both with my current studies and with other future projects.’

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