The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the vulnerabilities of the UK food system into sharp relief. the moment in which we find ourselves in, from building new trading relationships post-Brexit to the needs of meeting net zero, presents an unparalleled opportunity to re-orientate our food system towards a fairer, healthier, and more sustainable system of food production and consumption. One way or another change is coming but the question is, what change, in whose interest, and at whose expense?
Everyone, irrespective of social or economic group, should be able to access appropriate healthy and affordable food, produced in ways that support the return of biodiversity to farmed landscapes, removes carbon from the atmosphere, and avoids polluting ecosystems, while providing meaningful and sustainable livelihoods for those working in the agri-food sector.
This report puts forward a series of recommendations for the UK and devolved governments, as well as local authorities, to start addressing the many challenges currently facing the UK food system.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.