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Action on Salt welcomes the launch of the National Food Strategy

27 June 2019

For more information and to get involved with the strategy, please visit www.nationalfoodstrategy.org

Action on Salt welcomes today’s launch of the National Food Strategy, led by Defra in collaboration with government departments that deal with health and the UK’s industrial strategy. Henry Dimbleby - co-founder of restaurant chain Leon and of the Sustainable Restaurant Association - has been appointed by Environment Secretary Michael Gove to lead the first major review of the UK food system in nearly 75 years and to lead on strategy development and the consultation process. Dimbleby will investigate the entire food system, from field to fork, and consider what changes are needed to ensure that it: 

  • Delivers safe, healthy, affordable food, regardless of where people live or how much they earn; 
  • Is robust in the face of future shocks; 
  • Restores and enhances the natural environment for the next generation; 
  • Is built upon a resilient and sustainable agriculture sector; 
  • Is a thriving contributor to our urban and rural economies, delivering well paid jobs and supporting innovative producers and manufacturers; 
  • Does all of this in an efficient and cost-effective way. 

His recommendations will result in a trailblazing new National Food Strategy, set to be published in 2020. 

Katharine Jenner, Campaign Director of Action on Salt, said: “A National Food Strategy could help increase access to healthy diets for everyone, benefiting population health, the economy and the environment. This is a vital opportunity for the public to have their say in shaping the future of our food system, and we look forward to contributing to the development of a bold and innovative strategy."

 

 

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