In Partnership with RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission
It is now widely accepted that to tackle successfully the triple challenge of the climate, health and nature emergencies, the food system will have to make wide-ranging structural changes. This will have a huge impact on the businesses and organisations within the sector, many of whom are already working up plans and strategies to shift business models to meet the demands of a changing world.
The July report of the RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission took a whole systems approach to the food system, emphasising the many interdependencies and connections across sectors. The aim of this Consultation is to bring together different parts of the system – from production, processing, foodservice, retailers and public health – to explore how to ensure the food system transition is fair and just for businesses, communities and citizens alike. We want to explore the kind of food system we want for the UK and ask what role will disruptive new industries play? Will we need to shrink the ultra-processed food and drink sectors to meet health targets? Where might the stranded assets be and how can we reduce the risks for employers and employees? What role can divestment play? What is the future of food sector work with innovations in technology and AI, and what would ‘good work’ look like? Can short and direct supply chains really work in local food systems?