On 7th June, we published this post:.
We’re drawing up policy options for an incoming Government, and will list our publications on the matter as we compile them:
- “We cannot find anything substantive and implementable in the White Paper.” November 2022
- UK food price inflation: What policy interventions should the Government consider? November 2022
- Our response to the Call for Evidence from the EFRA Commons Select Committee Inquiry into food security. October 2022.
- Where have all the agri-food policy experts gone? August 2022.
- It’s not a cost of living crisis. It’s a shortage crisis.
- What the Government can do to minimise risks to food supplies
- Risks to UK food supplies, updated July 2022
- What should the aim of a Government food strategy be? July 2022
- The Government food strategy: What’s its purpose? Its aim? June 2022
- It’s time to think about food supply strategies in a post-Johnson world June 2022.
- Preparedness: “What we’ve dealt with as a crisis, needs to be routine.”
- Our report: Global risks to UK food supplies, January 2019, since when matters have become much more grave.
- How smart were our predictions in 2017? Not very, it turns out. 10-15 years too optimistic.
- Re the Dimbleby Plan: None of our criteria was met. Does this matter?
On 13th June, Johnson’s Government published its food strategy. It was received with widespread opprobrium. (1)
Lord Debden, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, stated in the House of Lords, “It is not actually a food strategy . . . it doesn’t address the fundamental issues . . . it has vague promises and partial answers.” (2)
(1) See for example:
- Professor Chris Elliot’s article in Government food strategy: A strategy without a plan in New Food.
He describes it as just words, with skewed statistics, summing it up as a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.
- Nick Hughes’ article Food strategy fails to meet the scale of the challenge in Footprint.
- BBC Radio 4 Food Programme: The Food Strategy: Is there one?