National Food Strategy: Your chance to have your say

In June it was announced that Henry Dimbleby had been invited by Michael Gove (the then Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to lead a review of the British food industry. The resulting National Food Strategy will be published in 2020.
                                        
When this was announced, the Guild immediately contacted Henry to offer any assistance we could.  After all, our members spend much of their lives deliberating and writing about this very subject, and many of us hold strong opinions. Henry’s response was quick and positive, and now we have been asked to circulate a ‘call for evidence’ among our members.

 

‘As the son of a cookery writer I have known the Guild of Food Writers for over thirty years and have seen the rich contribution that writers make to our food system. You lead and we follow. I would love to hear from as many of you as possible, with your thoughts and perspectives on what is working well in the food industry and your ideas for what we can do to make things better.'
 
Although it would be possible for the committee to hack out some generalised statement on behalf of members, we feel it would be far more powerful for individuals to make their own cases, and submit them personally, as Henry suggests.
 
If you have something to say about the British food industry – now or in the future – the good or the bad – this is your moment. Maybe you think it’s the fault of the supermarkets or our education system. Whatever your opinion, here is the chance to do more than lament what is wrong, and do something about it. This is the first such review for 75 years, and it isn’t likely to come along again soon.
 
Henry and his team have made it easy – if not actually enjoyable – to contribute to his project. Click here nationalfoodstrategy.org/callforevidence/ for an introductory video and lots more information about the review. If you would prefer to skip the background, you can go straight to the online survey here: nationalfoodstrategy.org/callforevidence/ or simply email foodstrategycallforevidence@defra.gov.uk.
 
The closing date is Friday 25 October. Please mention you are a Guild member when responding, so that your opinion carries its full weight.