In a new report 'Our Planet, Our Health', MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee highlight serious problems in our food system.
The issues highlighted in the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) report are those that Sustain and its members have been campaigning on for many years. The climate and nature emergency alongside Brexit make the need to act that much more urgent, especially for those more vulunerable in our society.
In response to the report, Vicki Hird, Sustain's Farm Campaigner, said:
“The MPs are spot on with this report both in terms of timing, given the climate emergency, but also the size of the challenge. For far too long we’ve let our vital food supplies be dominated by complex global supply chains and the junk food industry. We now have a highly vulnerable, unhealthy, unsustainable and inefficient food system that creates severe and unjust health inequalities – as they outline – which needs repairing using all the tools available.
We need the Agriculture and Environment Bills to be brought back fast so they support agro-ecological, nature- and climate-friendly farming systems and we need far better regulation of the supply chain so good farmers can be paid to produce more diverse and better food, to make food affordable for all and to reduce reliance on vulnerable overseas supplies. A new body ensuring a coherent approach across all departments and agencies to deliver a transition to a new food system would be valuable. Brexit presents a critical food supply and price situation for the most vulnerable in society, which needs urgent action.
The MPs have acknowledged the very close relationship between environmental and human health. We welcome the MPs' call for far stronger regulation of fast food outlets and junk food marketing and the need for a strategy for healthy food cities - a core aim of the Sustainable Food Cities network that our alliance supports.”