March 30th, 2011 by Sustainable Development Commission
The Sustainable Development Commission has produced a final report on food matter’s, “Looking Back, Looking Forward – Sustainability and UK food policy 2000-2011“.
The report reviews progress towards sustainable food policy in the UK from 2000 to 2011 . It concludes that while progress has been made, not enough has occurred to dispel concern about failures to achieve systemic change.
Tim Lang, The SDC’s Food Commissioner and Professor at the Centre for Food Policy, City University said: “The challenge of feeding growing populations healthily while minimising environmental damage – particularly as food and fuel prices continue to rise – should remind governments that this is not a time to step away from tackling our food system. Obesity and climate change are two huge market failures. Our review of the last decade shows that progress requires the hands-on participation of governments – not a ‘leave it to the market’ approach’.
The Sustainable Development Commission recommendations to the UK Government includes the need to: