British government announces review of the U.K. food system

The co-founder of restaurant chain Leon will lead a review of the UK food system.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove appointed Henry Dimbleby to lead the review which will look at the affordability of food in the UK, sustainability of agriculture and the jobs created in the sector.

It will lead to a National Food Strategy, set to be published in 2020.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:

“Leaving the EU is a great opportunity for British farmers and food producers. But with an expanding population, the urgent threat of climate change and rising levels of diet-related disease, we face many challenges too.
“That is why the time is right for us to look afresh at our food system to ensure everyone has access to high-quality British food and our environment is protected for future generations.
“I am delighted that Henry Dimbleby will be leading this once-in-a-generation opportunity to cultivate a stronger food system for the future.”

Henry Dimbleby added:

“No part of our economy matters more than food. It is vital to life and shapes our sense of identity.
“But there are urgent challenges with which we must grapple. Populations are growing, diet-related conditions are harming the lives of millions, and climate change is altering what our land will yield.”

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