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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 steps her Department plans to take to promote the sustainable intensification model of food production.

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

In the recently published Natural Environment White Paper, the Government made a commitment to consider how we could increase food production while also enhancing the natural environment. This is being taken forward through the “Green Food Project”, which is a joint initiative between Government, the farming and food industry and environmental and consumer organisations.

We want to ensure that the UK is making a contribution to the need for global food security and environmental improvement, and is demonstrating leadership in doing so.

Working in partnership with other funders, industry and academics, DEFRA is delivering a co-ordinated framework for research and innovation through initiatives such as the Global Food Security Programme. We are also supporting a new Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform for collaborative Research and Development funding with industry. This will stimulate the development of new technologies which will increase productivity while decreasing the environmental impact of the food and farming industries.

DEFRA is working with businesses through the Courtauld Commitment and consumers through the Love Food Hate Waste initiative to tackle food waste, a commitment which was highlighted in the Government's recent Waste Policy Review 2011. Making the food chain more efficient through waste reduction measures will reduce pressure on resources, such as water and energy, required for food production, and will lower greenhouse gas emissions, therefore making a substantial contribution to producing more food with fewer resources.

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