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"It's time to turn our food system round" says new report from Compassion in World Farming

6 July 2019, at 8:00am

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) presented a new report at an event held at the Parliamentary Estate which addressed current challenges in the UK food system.

The report was presented at an All-Party Parliamentary Group event on "Turning the Food System Round".

Far-reaching changes for the food system

Policy-makers are beginning to recognise that far-reaching changes in UK food and agriculture are needed, but are unclear as to how to achieve those changes. At the session, CIWF launched their report examining the steps that should be taken by Government to help evolve to a food system that is nourishing, sustainable, equitable and humane.

The report looks at how to address a number of core issues including:

  • the detrimental impact of intensive agriculture on soils, water and biodiversity;
  • the value of moving to agroecology and other forms of regenerative farming including rotational crop-livestock systems;
  • the need for farmers to receive a larger share of the income generated by the food chain;
  • how to develop policies that ensure that everyone including the most disadvantaged can access nutritious food that enhances rather than undermines their health;
  • the need to build animal welfare standards that respond to our obligation to them as sentient beings.

A bold vision

Over 70 participants discussed the measures that are needed to turn the UK food system around. The panel included George Eustice MP, former Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and our Chief Policy Advisor, Peter Stevenson. The event was also attended by Kerry McCarthy MP, Chair of the APPG on Agroecology.

Peter Stevenson, author of the report said: “We are facing an emergency. Intensive farming is undermining the natural resources on which the future health of agriculture depends, whilst farmers have been swamped by retailers and receive too little of the revenue generated by the food chain.

“If we want a better system we need to embark on far-reaching changes, underpinned by a bold vision that is developed and communicated by Government before it’s too late. Our new report looks at the steps Government should take to address this crisis. The fostering of a healthier food culture is essential, as is better consumer information about dietary choice. We now have a major opportunity to play our part in shaping the future food system”

To find out more read the full report here.