Industry leaders call for changes to improve the fairness of our food system

Leading figures from industry, the public sector and charities have joined forces to call for fundamental changes to make our food system fairer.

Food Justice was published last week by the Food and Fairness inquiry committee, which was commissioned by the Food Ethics Council last year to look into social justice in the food system because it felt these issues were being underplayed in the many food policy debates that had taken place during the past few years.

The inquiry committee of 14 included representatives from a broad range of organisations across the food sector including the NFU, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and the British Retail Consortium.

After a year-long investigation the committee concluded that, while the UK is already taking steps to improve injustices in the food chain such as introducing the new Grocery Supply Code of Practice, there is still more that the Government can do.

The report's recommendations include giving farmers a say on setting policies and research priorities, helping consumers recognise that cheap food comes at environmental and social costs, urging the Government to ensure small producers have access to land and markets and asking the Government to review the public interest consequences of international trends towards corporate consolidation.

The full report can be found on www.foodethicscouncil.org.


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