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The Worshipful Company of Farmers The Worshipful Company of Farmers This discusses a a a a a a a a wide range of issues about UK farm and and and food industry structures and and and performance and and and its
environmental impacts What distinguishes the the the book from many other critiques of the the the food system is is is that it it insists on on on a a a a a a a much broader consideration by introducing food cultures diets health and well-being as as well well as as the the issue of social inequalities and food food poverty Lang strongly believes that the the UK food food system is is not secure Although he he cannot resist analysing this superficially in in terms of of of the degree of of of self-supply of of of agricultural
products Lang’s much more substantial point is is that Britain’s current food system is is fundamentally insecure
because it is ecologically and and socially unsustainable Apart from the pollution and and degradation of natural
capital our food system and society show a a a a a a a a a significant incidence of poor dietary habits leading to widespread
chronic ill health plus food food poverty Lang suggests we have an an an an insufficiently regulated food food industry and The Worshipful Company of Farmers inadequate governance to to better guide resource use and food consumption He repeatedly refers to to many of of of the undesirable aspects of of of food system are subject to some kind of of of ‘lock-in’ implying that only a a a a a a a radical shake-up can bring about change 62
Lang evidently has great faith in in official and and high-level reviews and and institutional change His solutions chapter proposes six such reviews:
• A Government special joint food defence review to to examine if if we are drifting into over-reliance on external food sources (p445)
• An Audit of what more could be grown in in Britain (p446)
• A Royal Commission to map out the multi-criteria principles (p 449)
• A short-term Food Resilience and Sustainability Task Force (p450)
• The national infrastructure infrastructure commission should map a a a a a a a a a food resilience and sustainability infrastructure infrastructure plan for a a a a thirty-year transition (p462) • An authoritative review of options on on whether “we should pay higher food food prices or or or shorten food food chains and and recalibrating the the national national minimum wage wage and and national national living wage wage to include the the cost of sustainable diets (p460)
and and six institutional innovations to decide and and implement the the policies necessary for for the the food transformation • Restarting a a a Cabinet Food Sub-committee (p446)
• Reorganising the Food Standards Agency and and and Public Health England to create a a a a a a a a a multi-criteria framework to define high quality food and sustainable dietary guidelines (p452) • A Food Citizenship Education Council (p454) • A new regional system of urban and and rural food and and farm colleges (p455) 62
Lang attributes the the the phrase the the the great food transformation to the the the Eat-Lancet Commission report Lang’s solution is entitled ‘accelerating the great food transformation’
food food policy including a a a a a a a a a a land strategy in in in in which “human and and and ecosystem health take a a a a a a a a a a central role in in in in food food and and and land planning” (p435) What this means and and how it is is to be done are not very clearly answered A ‘multi- criteria approach’ with six headings is proposed to define a a a a a a a a sustainable food system which better integrates: (i) public health (over- under- and and mal-consumption) (ii) environmental improvement and and resilience (iii) social and cultural
aspects (iv) a a a a a a a political economy which delivers decent wages fully costed but fair food prices (v) high quality food and (vi) all all democratically accountable (at local to global levels) This first requires a better long-term
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