Terms of reference
- How robust is the current UK
food system? What are its main strengths and weaknesses?
- How well placed is the UK to make the most of
its opportunities in responding to the challenge of increasing
global food production by 50% by 2030 and doubling it by 2050,
while ensuring that such production is sustainable?
- In particular, what are the challenges the UK
faces in relation to the following aspects of the supply side
of the food system:
- soil quality
- water availability
- the marine environment
- the science base
- the provision of training
- trade barriers
- the way in which land is farmed and managed
- What trends are likely to emerge
on the demand side of the food system in the UK, in terms of consumer
taste and habits, and what will be their main effect? What use
could be made of local food networks?
- What role should Defra play both in ensuring
that the strengths of the UK food system are maintained and in
addressing the weaknesses that have been identified? What leadership
and assistance should Defra provide to the food industry?
- How well does Defra engage with other relevant
departments across Government, and with European and international
bodies, on food policy and the regulatory framework for the food
supply chain? Is there a coherent cross-Government food strategy?
- What criteria should Defra use to monitor how
well the UK is doing in responding to the challenge of doubling
global food production by 2050 while ensuring that such production