Seminar to address food concerns

Industry and political figures will meet this morning (Wednesday) to discuss the future global challenges of food production and a growing population.

Chairman of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) John Bridge will speak at a think-tank seminar on 'Food Supply in the UK', which will be attended by Defra Secretary of State Hilary Benn and his Conservative equivalent Nick Herbert.

Delegates will discuss the fact that global population growth, together with climate change, means that the world will soon have to produce twice as much food on no more land, using fewer inputs and less water, while reducing greenhouse gases.

Bridge said: "It is clear that we can no longer take food for granted. Robust and open trade regimes are critical to feeding Britain and for global food distribution, but the UK and Europe will need to play its part in meeting the demand for greater food production.

"We need to start championing our food production industry, which will increasingly become part of the solution to problems rather than the cause of them.

"Meeting the sustainable production and climate change challenges will not be easy, but it can be done. It will call for a level of collaboration that has not existed before across industry, consumers, policy-makers and between countries."

The Smith Institute event is part of a launch of a collection of essays entitled 'Feeding Britain', exploring the issue of food production and security in Britain.

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