Food security - UK priorities, supporting domestic production and driving innovation


2017-09-21 at 00:00


2017-09-22 at 00:00

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This seminar will examine the priorities for UK food security in a post-Brexit context - and how policy and industry practice will need to respond to the challenges and opportunities.

It takes place with an Agriculture Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech, aimed at supporting UK farmers and protecting the natural environment after the UK leaves the EU, including a commitment to continue current farming support until the end of Parliament.

Delegates will discuss issues relating to costs across the supply chain, international trading relationships, support for domestic food production and the way forward for UK agri-food policy.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Brexit - latest thinking on the implications for UK food markets, trade and consumers;
  • International markets - priorities for future trade policy and commercial strategies, and identifying potential opportunities;
  • Protecting UK consumers - from the impact of food price volatility, particularly those on lower incomes;
  • Innovation in domestic food production - responding to opportunities, assessing regulatory options and improving knowledge transfer and speed to market;
  • Funding - future investment and support for producers and others in the supply chain after the UK leaves the EU;
  • Global positioning - maintaining the UK’s position in agri-food science and how businesses, research institutions, technology providers and others should develop collaborative approaches going forward; and
  • UK agri-food policy - opportunities for the UK outside of the EU to review regulations governing food and the environment, and evidence-based policymaking, whilst safeguarding sustainability and safety levels in the face of pressures of negotiating new trade agreements and increasing productivity levels.

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