Food strategy criticised by government’s own adviser – BBC News

By Helen Briggs
Environment correspondent
1 hour ago

Food will be grown in greenhouses covering acres of land under proposals to increase self-sufficiency to help guard against future economic shocks.

“Backing farmers” is the focus of the government’s long-awaited food strategy for England.

The strategy announced today has been described by critics as “half-baked”.

It follows a landmark review of the food system by restaurant owner, Henry Dimbleby, who said only about half of his recommendations had been taken on.

But the pledge to “back farmers” has been welcomed by the National Farmers’ Union and the Soil Association.

Speaking from a Cornish farm, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “supporting great British farming” and putting money into modernisation and innovation.

The food strategy puts a focus on home-grown food, including strengthening supply chains and boosting food production.

  • £270 million will be invested in technology to increase productivity and profitability
  • The government will consult on an ambition for 50% of public sector food spend to go on food produced locally or certified to higher standard
  • A framework will be published next year on how to help farmers grow more food while also meeting legally-binding targets to halt climate change and nature loss.

Restaurateur Henry Dimbleby said the policy document was not detailed enough to be called a strategy.

The government’s own adviser on food told the BBC: “They’ve now implemented more than 50% of what I recommended, but it hasn’t been done with one vision across the whole system.”

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