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Food Supply

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress she has made on the implementation of the recommendations of “Food 2030”.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

“Food 2030”, published by the previous Government in January 2010, set out goals for food production and the supply chain, and the changes needed to achieve them. Many of the document's themes remain relevant and are still embedded into DEFRA's policy-making.

Over the last year however DEFRA has been working with a new business plan that places a clear focus on the need to support a competitive, productive agriculture and food industry, alongside new commitments to environmental protection and enhancement of the environment. DEFRA has also welcomed the publication of the Foresight report on the Future of Food and Farming, which explores the pressures on the global food system between now and 2050. These pressures will undoubtedly influence our policy-making. To this aim, we are working with the food chain and other partners and across Government to ensure that we have a sustainable food system capable of dealing with a growing population and changing climate while protecting and enhancing the environment.

One particular action we are taking forward in this area is the new “Green Food Project”. The project originated from a commitment we made in the Natural Environment White Paper in June 2011 to:

“bring together government, industry and environmental partners to reconcile how we will achieve our goals of improving the environment and increasing food production” (NEWP page 24, paragraph 2.46).

Our intention is that the project will generate conclusions in June 2012 which we can draw on to help us tackle the findings of the Foresight report, and create a more strategic framework for agri-food policy going forward.

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