The social and environmental consequences of UK food production and consumption will be investigated by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC).
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 433, pp 28-29).
One year ago, the previous government published the UK’s first food strategy for 40 years (ENDS Report 420, pp 40-42). The vision was for more food to be produced in a more sustainable way. But with the change in administration, EAC will examine what the new government plans for food policy. Submissions to the inquiry were due by 28 March.