Today saw the publication of a report which Government department Defra commissioned from the University of Warwick and the Food Ethics Council.
Defra commissioned the University of Warwick and the Food Ethics Council to do a Rapid Evidence Assessment in February to March 2013 to help improve understanding of the ‘food aid’ landscape in the UK. In particular, the review addressed who might be asking for such help, as well as how and why they do so.
The Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT), Food Ethics Council and the University of Warwick have set up a Commission to explore the challenges of maintaining a sustainable supply chain.
The Commission will give parliamentarians, industry and academics the opportunity to discuss issues food companies face in ensuring the sustainability of supply chains and explore upcoming policy developments that seek to tackle them.
The November meeting of the Food Ethics Council’s Business Forum explored whether, and why, people are becoming increasingly disconnected from the food they eat.
Over an early evening dinner at the Zetter Townhouse restaurant participants discussed the roles of government, business, NGOs and the family in helping people to reconnect with where their food comes from. Ideas included opening up previously ‘hidden’ aspects of the food chain, such as abattoirs; encouraging families to eat together; pairing schools and farms; and reframing the ‘food consumer’ as the ‘food citizen’.