Policy Insights

Policy Insights

These Policy Insights provide opportunities for experts from academe and civil society to highlight gaps and opportunities in emerging food policy. The aim is to put detailed, specialist knowledge into the public domain at this critical time.

Food policy in England is in a state of flux. The UK’s departure from the European Union opened the way for new approaches to agriculture and trade, and required the UK to take responsibility for many areas of food regulation previously overseen by the EU. Evidence of the food system’s adverse impacts on climate and habitats has prompted urgent calls for food policy to reverse these trends. And Covid’s consequences have shown where the system lacks resilience – for example in ensuring food supplies for the vulnerable.

In response to these realities, the government is developing a National Food Strategy, informed by the Independent Review recently conducted by Henry Dimbleby. A White Paper is planned, and legislation may follow – either an omnibus ‘Food Bill’ or a patchwork of measures to augment existing policy. During this period, there will be opportunities for improvements and course-corrections. We hope these Insights will help to inform that process.

If you would like to contribute, please contact the Food Research Collaboration.