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Food crisis: can the UK feed itself?

Food crisis: can the UK feed itself?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

Improving the food system is one of the greatest challenges we face today. As the National Food Strategy, led by Henry Dimbleby, notes, “the global food system is the single biggest contributor to biodiversity loss, deforestation, drought, freshwater pollution and the collapse of aquatic wildlife. It is the second-biggest contributor to climate change, after the energy industry.” The UK Government is due to publish its formal response in the form of a food strategy white paper this summer. 

This will be the Government’s chance to set out its vision and actions necessary to help turn the National Food Strategy’s recommendations into a reality. However, the Government cannot tackle this issue alone. A grassroots movement and engagement from across different sectors is required too. Bonnie Wright’s book Go Gently provides practical ways in which people, communities and organisations can do this, while recognising the vital role governments at all levels can play in unlocking the potential for food system transformation. 

Join us for a ThinkIn that brings together the key voices on this agenda from inside and outside of government to discuss how we can create a healthy, sustainable food system in Britain.

editor and invited experts

Jeevan Vasagar
Climate Editor

Bonnie Wright
Actor, Activist and Author of ‘Go Gently’

Henry Dimbleby
Founder of Leon, Government Advisor and National Food Strategy Lead

Victoria Prentis MP
Minister of State at DEFRA