A full National Food Strategy was to be published Henry Dimbleby and his team in June. But Covid 19 has changed both its timing and content.
The new ‘Part One’ Food Strategy was launched on 29 July: the Lincoln Food Partnership was invited to the launch as a consultee to the report.
The Strategy addresses two issues, the first prioritised explicitly by Covid – how to feed our most disadvantaged children well – through more free school meals, more Healthy Start vouchers and orchestrated holiday food activity.
The second theme is about international food trade in the light of Brexit: we must strike food deals that improve food quality and the environment. Our new-found food sovereignty allows us to do this in a more controlled way than even when we were in the EU. We mustn’t squander this opportunity.
The report is free to download and is good to absorb as it offers some compelling data on the state of the food nation and those who consume it. The executive summary and summary of recommendations are short and digestible too, if you do not have time for a fuller read.
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