Inquiry into sustainable food announced

Environmental Audit Committee will look at the social and environmental consequences of UK food production and consumption

The social and environmental consequences of UK food production and consumption will be investigated by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee.

Its inquiry will consider how government policy can promote more sustainable practices in the food industry and more sustainable consumer choices. The MPs will look at how the environmental impacts of food can be reduced, and identify which aspects present the biggest problems.

The potential to promote better practice across the food sector through government procurement policy will also be investigated.

The world’s food system is unsustainable and must change, the Government Office for Science’s Foresight group recently concluded (ENDS Report, February 2011).

One year ago, the previous government published the UK’s first food strategy for 40 years (ENDS Report, January 2010). The vision was for more food to be produced, more sustainably. But with the change in administration, the committee will examine what the new government plans for food policy.

Submissions to the inquiry should be made by 28 March.

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