Tech and innovation drive to boost food production and back British farmers

Monday, June 13, 2022
The UK Govt. Strategy follows the independent review of the food system by Henry Dimbleby last year, which set out an analysis of the challenges facing the food system. The Government Food Strategy responds to these findings and recommendations, accepting the majority of recommendations, with policy initiatives to boost health, sustainability, accessibility of diet to secure food supply, while also recognising the shared global challenges of the war in Ukraine and the impact of the pandemic on the global economy The strategy also includes plans to: Consult on an ambition for 50% of public sector expenditure on food procurement to be on food either produced locally or to higher standards Incentivise the sector to use surplus heat and CO2 from industrial processes, and renewable sources of energy to increase domestic horticultural production Review the planning permission process to support new developments of glasshouses Launch an independent review to tackle labour shortages in the food supply chain, to look at the roles of automation, domestic labour and migration to ensure UK businesses can access the labour they require.
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