UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove has appointed Henry Dimbleby to pioneer a ‘farm to fork’ revolution:
Henry Dimbleby – co-founder of restaurant chain Leon and of the Sustainable Restaurant Association . . . will investigate the entire food system, from field to fork, and consider what changes are needed to ensure that it:
- Delivers safe, healthy, affordable food, regardless of where people live or how much they earn;
- Is robust in the face of future shocks;
- Restores and enhances the natural environment for the next generation;
- Is built upon a resilient and sustainable agriculture sector;
- Is a thriving contributor to our urban and rural economies, delivering well paid jobs and supporting innovative producers and manufacturers;
- Does all of this in an efficient and cost-effective way.
- His recommendations will result in a trailblazing new National Food Strategy, set to be published in 2020.
Is this a good idea and if it is, should New Zealand do something similar?
Food security is already an issue in some places and could be under threat in more from the affects of climate change.
That isn’t an excuse for Soviet style central planning and control of the supply chain.
But it does highlight the need to ensure, as the Paris Accord stipulates, that any climate change mitigation policies don’t come at the expense of food consumption.
Andrei pointed out yesterday the human cost of the wrong policies on energy, it would be even higher if food security is compromised.