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Public to have their say on the food system of the future

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British shoppers will be able to buy environmentally friendly, healthy and affordable food under plans for a radical shake-up of the UK’s food industry.

As one of the first steps, the government is today launching a call for evidence, giving everyone from consumers, farmers and food producers, to scientists and academics, an opportunity to shape how we produce, sell and consume food in the UK.

Their views will inform the first major review of the nation’s food system in nearly 75 years, led by entrepreneur Henry Dimbleby, to ensure the food industry is fit for the future, supports growth, enhances the environment and is resilient to the challenges posed by climate change.

The review will look at what is working well already and the role of new technology to revolutionise our food supply – from innovations like vertical farming and robotics, to carbon neutral manufacturing and crops that tackle climate change. No idea is too big or small to be considered.

The Call for Evidence will be a high level ask, looking for evidence, examples of best practice, ideas and solutions to some of the current issues around the food system. Responses can be submitted at Defra's Consultation Hub. A summary of the responses will also be posted on the GOV.UK website and www.nationalfoodstrategy.org. As a reminder terms of reference for the strategy can be found on the GOV.UK website.