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Food & farming policy

Over many years food and farming policy has been low down the political agenda. When it does surface - in the form of BSE, Salmonella or 'horsegate' - consumer confidence in our food system is temporarily knocked, the government of the day calls for an independent inquiry, and knee jerk policies are made.

Palace of Westminster - Jim Trodel

But such policies, designed to fix an immediate crisis, do not fix a system. The crises are minor tremors that reveal a serious fault line in our food and farming system, and what's needed is a root and branch reform of how our food gets to our tables.

Working with industry, consumer groups and civil society, government needs to help build a food system that is embedded in fairness and justice, where the well-being of people, animals and our planet are all equally valued.

The Autumn 2013 edition of Food Ethics magazine asked expert contributors including politicians, business leaders and food policy experts, what issues the main political parties should be addressing on the ‘stump’ as we head towards the general election in 2015, and what an ethical food manifesto might look like.

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