National Food Strategy part two: Friends of the Earth reacts

The environmental organisation backs Henry Dimbleby's vision for the future of food
  Published:  15 Jul 2021    |      1 minute read

Reacting to part two of the National Food Strategy, the first review of England's food system in 75 years which is published today by lead author Henry Dimbleby, Clare Oxborrow, Senior Sustainability Analyst at Friends of the Earth, said:

“This bold and timely report acknowledges an uncomfortable truth long ignored by Whitehall: that industrial meat production is a key driver of the climate and nature crises.”

“To ignore this reality any longer would be indefensible. That’s why the government must now help to radically transform the way we eat and farm, and quickly. Diets high in fruit and veg, which contain less but better quality meat must be championed and incentivised as the optimum for both planet and people.”

“Reduced demand for meat would also free up some of the land needed to restore our depleted wild spaces, allowing for large areas to be reforested, helping to remove climate-wrecking emissions from the atmosphere too.”

Friends of the Earth is part of Eating Better. To see the alliance's full response, please visit: https://www.eating-better.org/blog/eating-better-alliance-responds-to-national-food-strategy-part-2