Henry Dimbleby unveils his National Food Strategy
Publication of Part One of The National Food Strategy – a letter from Henry Dimbleby.
I am delighted that Part One of the National Food Strategy is published today on our website: https://www.nationalfoodstrategy.org/.
What you will read is Part One of a two-part National Food Strategy. It does not present a comprehensive plan for transforming the food system: that will follow in Part Two. Instead, it contains urgent recommendations to support this country through the turbulence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to prepare for the end of the EU Exit transition period on 31 December 2020. It contains a set of targeted recommendations for government, covering three main themes:
Support for our most disadvantaged children. Eating well in childhood is the very foundation stone of equality of opportunity. I make a series of recommendations to ensure that our most disadvantaged children get the nutrition they need.
Sovereignty, standards and scrutiny. With the right mechanisms in place, I argue that we can ensure high food standards, protect the environment and be a champion of free trade.
Health: a wake-up call. We can no longer ignore the damage our diets are doing to our health and well-being. I argue that COVID-19 is a teachable moment on diet-related diseases and make recommendations to support people to make the healthy choice.
We have also made a film to accompany Part One of the National Food Strategy which sets out the main challenges the food system faces and what we hope to achieve. Please watch and share it: https://youtu.be/n2YdpXrdOzQ
We will be tweeting about the report. If you would like to do the same, please tag the @food_strategy account and use the hashtag #foodstrategy in any social media activity.
It has been a labour of love. I really hope you enjoy it.
Independent Reviewer, National Food Strategy