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What should the goal of a sustainable diets policy be?

Tell Defra what your top three priorities are, via a survey from Food Research Collaboration.

Photo by Miriam Vesma

Photo by Miriam Vesma

Food Research Collaboration is running a short survey to understand what individuals and organisations think the government policy should be on sustainable diets.

Take the survey now - just one question!

In the context of Covid-19, Brexit and the climate crisis, and sitting alongside the Agriculture and Fisheries Acts and the forthcoming Environment Act, WHAT THREE PRIORITIES should the government’s sustainable diets policy focus on?

After Part 2 of the National Food Strategy is published later in 2021, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has promised to follow up with a White Paper within six months, setting out its response and proposals for an overhaul of the British food system.

Meshing with the new Agriculture and Fisheries Acts and the forthcoming Environment Act, this is a significant opportunity to lay down coherent policy that learns the lessons of Covid, makes good the reforms enabled by Brexit, and takes the actions needed to mitigate climate breakdown.

The Strategy and White Paper will cover the whole food system, but it is inevitable that a key element will be sustainable diets. They encapsulate what's needed to sustain humans and our environment in perpetuity; incorporating health, food production and the environment (and hence the whole web of policies that impact the food system).

This is Defra's challenge: to get the measures right, it needs to have the right ambition. It needs to know where it is headed, in order to plot the course.

To send your input to Defra, please answer Food Research Collaboration's one survey question. They will collate and publish the answer, as well as send them to the team in Defra working on this piece of policy.

Answers can be submitted anonymously, as an individual, or on behalf of a group. Space is limited to 200 words. Deadline to take part is Friday 4 June.

Published 26 May 2021

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