One of the main aims of the strategy is for well-informed consumers to be able to choose healthy and affordable food, produced and supplied by highly skilled, profitable and resilient farming, fishing and food businesses, in a sustainable way.
In order to achieve these goals, the Government has called for more food to be produced with a lower environmental footprint – by, for example, cutting carbon emissions and food wastage – more money to be invested in skills, and clear country-of-origin labelling.
The strategy, the first of its kind in 50 years, also sets out the challenges facing Britain’s food supply, including an increasing global population, climate change and changing ingredient prices.
Secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs Hilary Benn, unveiled the strategy at the Oxford Farming Conference. He told delegates that ensuring food security is just as important to Britain’s future as energy supply.
“We know we are at one of those moments in our history where the future of our economy, our environment and our society will be shaped by the choices we make now,” said Benn.
He added that people-power can help ensure food businesses follow consumer demand for food that is local, healthy and produced with a smaller carbon footprint. This has already been proven with the expansion of Fairtrade products and free-range eggs on the market, for example.
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