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Food 2030 logoFood 2030, the Government’s new food strategy, is the first of its kind in over 50 years.  In it we set out our vision of what we want the food system to look like in 2030, and how we can get there.

January 2010: Hilary Benn launches Food 2030. Government has published a number of documents:

What we want by 2030

Consumers are informed, can choose, and afford, healthy, sustainable food.  This demand is met by profitable, competitive, highly skilled and resilient farming, fishing and food businesses, supported by first class research and development.

Food is produced, processed and distributed to feed a growing global population in ways which:

  • use global natural resources sustainably,
  • enable the continuing provision of the benefits and services that a healthy natural environment provides,
  • promote high standards of animal health and welfare,
  • protect food safety,
  • make a significant contribution to rural communities, and
  • allow us to show global leadership on food sustainability.

Our food security is ensured through strong British agriculture and international trade links with EU and global partners, which support developing economies.

Defra and DFID are collaborating closely on the international food agenda and have published a joint document setting out the current situation and our actions going forward. This work will contribute to the sustainability and security of our own food system here in the UK, and support the delivery of Food 2030. Further information on international drivers of sustainable and secure food.

The UK has a low carbon food system which is efficient with resources – any waste is reused, recycled or used for energy generation.

Delivering Food 2030

Since the launch of Food 2030, we have been discussing the strategy at regional, national, European and international levels.

Now that the strategic direction for food policy is set out, a high-level delivery plan is being developed which will, in the first instance, set out milestones for the next five years to 2015. We will present this plan to stakeholders later in  the Spring.

As part of this, we are drawing on all the existing work that government and stakeholders are doing in this area. We are working with stakeholders and partners to identify gaps and barriers to achievement, seeking their views and input to the delivery plan. We need to work in partnership to achieve the vision for Food 2030 so are working with stakeholders to identify their roles in helping to achieve those goals.

Engagement on Food 2030

At the regional level: this includes a series of workshops with regional stakeholders  to help understand what the delivery of Food 2030 looks like and identifying opportunities and barriers to progress in each particular region. A report will be published on EFFP’s website in due course.

At the national level: this includes responding to requests from a number of organisations to speak about Food 2030 and how it relates to different parts of the food industry.

At the EU and international level: a wide range of UK attaches have been briefed and Ministers have been talking to their counterparts in other countries about Food 2030.  

Food 2030 consultation

In August 2009, we published an online consultation document and invited views from stakeholders and the public on the issues surrounding our food system. We have also had meetings with  stakeholders from all parts of the food chain over the past year, which have helped us to formulate the Food 2030 strategy.

Contact us

For further information please contact foodpolicyunit@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Page last modified: 31 March 2010
Page published: 5 January 2010