This week, I spoke in a debate on the National Food Strategy, which was commissioned by Michael Gove when he was Environment Secretary and published earlier this year.
The strategy is an excellent blueprint to help end child hunger, tackle obesity and cut carbon emissions in our food system. After we’ve seen the Government having to be forced to feed school children over school holidays and ducking difficult questions over the environmental impact of the food we eat, it is more than welcome.
The Government is supposed to be producing a White Paper in response within six months of publication, which means by January 2022. I suspect that, as always with this Government, this deadline will not be met. And when I asked the Minister whether the Government would actually bring forward a new Food Bill, she didn’t answer my question.
I also used the opportunity to speak about some of the amazing organisations in Bristol working to fix our food systems. That includes Feeding Bristol CIO, FareShare and 91 Ways to Build a Global City. Even if the Government won’t act to feed vulnerable people and promote healthy eating in the city, they will!
Watch the clip here.