The UK's food production industry, including farmers, caterers and supermarkets, is worth over £100 billion a year to the UK economy. However, environmental degradation threatens to undermine the industry while new trading relationships and farm support post-Brexit could reshape the sector.
These challenges need a comprehensive response. Government action will be needed to reverse environmental decline, but long term solutions also require collaboration between farmers, food manufacturers, retailers and NGOs.
Green Alliance founded the Food and Nature Task Force in 2017 to stimulate collaboration and partnerships along the food supply chain. The task force's first report, Setting the standard: shifting to sustainable food production in the UK, argues that post-Brexit agricultural policy needs to put sustainable food production at the heart of any new support scheme.
Members of the Task Force are Nestlé, Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, with support and advice from Jonathan Hughes, CEO of Scottish Wildlife Trust and co-founder of the World Forum on Natural Capital, and David Fursdon, owner of Fursdon estate and chair of Beeswax Dyson Farming.
See also: Natural partners, our 2016 report which explored how nature conservation and natural capital approaches can work together to manage pressures on the UK's environment.