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Food and Drink

Food Strategy for the 21st Century

On 7 July 2008 the Strategy Unit published its final report on food, Food Matters: Towards a Strategy for the 21st Century. The report looks at long-term trends in food production and consumption, and the impacts that food production and consumption has both on our health and on the environment.

The report sets out a series of actions for Government to address the challenges presented by the health and environmental impacts of food production and consumption in an integrated way.  For Defra, this means working with the agriculture sector to look at ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change, working with the food supply chain to reduce food and packaging waste, and engaging with all stakeholders in the food system – primary producers, food manufacturers, retailers, and consumers – to develop a vision for the future of food.

Defra will also be working in close partnership with the Department of Health and the Food Standards Agency, as well as other government departments and the devolved administrations to take forward the report’s proposals, engaging with consumers and stakeholders across the food chain.

Page published: 17 July 2008

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs