Food Policy on Trial: In the dock – plain packaging on junk food & drink

Our Food Policy on Trial events explore selected emerging food policy ideas at inquiry-style sessions. Expert witnesses provide evidence and are then questioned by both a Food Ethics Council jury panel and members of the audience. Those attending can make their own considered judgements of whether the policy idea ‘on trial’ is likely to contribute to or hinder progress towards healthy, fair, environmentally sustainable, humane food and farming.

They are designed primarily for policymakers and policy influencers, but are also open to interested members of the general public.

Our second emerging policy idea in the dock is a plain packaging on the ‘worst offending’ food and drink products (as used for tobacco). We’re not starting from the premise that plain packaging is necessarily a good or bad thing but we want to critically explore the merits and pitfalls of this potential policy. We would welcome your participation in the audience – to ask questions of the expert witnesses or just to listen – and at the end will encourage you to form your own considered judgement as to whether plain packaging on ‘junk food and drink’ has the potential to contribute to or hinder progress towards fair and healthy food systems.

To attend the event, please register via Eventbrite to book your place. Note: password required to complete registration is plainpackaging.

‘Food policy on trial’ sessions are run by the Food Ethics Council and are a way of encouraging constructive debate about possible policy ideas relating to food and farming. We will run up to three ‘food policy on trial’ sessions each year. This series is kindly supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation.


30th September 2019
1:30 - 4:00 pm


Court Room
5-7 St Andrew St
London EC4A 3AF

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