How do we reform and develop our food systems in order to make sure that everyone can access affordable, healthy, nutritious and sustainably sourced food?
Policy Commission: Environment, Energy and Culture
Policy Areas: The Environment, Energy and Culture Policy Commission is tasked with leading Labour’s policy development on the environment, food and rural affairs, energy and climate change, and culture, media and sport.
Air quality, Green energy, Sports facilities, Food bank dependence
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A sustainable food policy
Food is a necessity of human life. Sufficient, healthy nutrition is not a luxury to which we should aspire, it is an essential component of what makes for a good quality of life.
In Britain, we live in one of the world’s most fertile, temperate lands but our food production and distribution systems are deeply flawed. The shocking rise in food bank use demonstrates the need to protect the right of all to live free from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. In modern Britain, food waste sits alongside malnutrition, with an epidemic in food-related ill-health, including obesity, and diabetes.
Labour’s Environment, Energy and Culture Policy Commission is seeking views on how best to reform and develop our food systems in order to make sure that everyone can access affordable, healthy, nutritious and sustainably sourced food.
We will need Labour’s food policies to future-proof a system based on the needs of people. We will need to put those who produce, process, distribute, sell and consume healthy and local food right at the heart of our agriculture and food systems, not only the demands of transnational companies and our retail giants. We need a food system capable of adapting to the effects of climate changes and also of reducing the carbon footprint which causes them.
- What are the core principles of food sovereignty?
- What form should a right to food take? Should there by a duty to provide food, or should the duty be to avoid hunger or malnutrition?
- Is there a need to review and reform land law and public land management systems in order to underpin a sustainable food system?
- What measures should we take first to ensure local food production is environmentally and economically sustainable?
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Consultation End Date: 30th June 2019