Government announces plans to launch National Food Strategy

Food Production Print publication


This briefing is to highlight the Government’s intention to progress a ‘National Food Strategy’ – this was announced by DEFRA on 27 June 2019. The aim is to produce an overarching strategy for the food system in England to ensure it:

  • delivers safe, healthy and affordable food
  • is robust in the face of future shocks
  • restores and enhances the natural environment
  • is built on a resilient, sustainable and humane agricultural sector
  • does all of the above in an efficient and cost effective way.

Given the current unprecedented public interest in climate change, and the important role of food production in terms of transport and methane emissions (for example), it is likely that the review will be responded to by a wide range of NGOs such as, Greenpeace, CPRE, ClientEarth etc.

The Government will commence a call for evidence this summer, with the aim of a review being published in 2020. Anyone with an interest in the food and drink sector should monitor the position and be prepared to respond with robust, evidence based responses to the consultation.

For more information please contact Alison Ogley, Richard Naish or James Crayton.