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Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps he is taking to develop a fully integrated food policy. (162065)

I have been asked to reply.

DEFRA is working with the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit and other Government Departments on a study of food and food policy in the UK.

The project will examine current and emerging trends in the production and consumption of food, the key drivers of those trends and the implications for the wider economy, society and the environment. It will look at the opportunities and challenges facing the food system, including issues such as the contribution of diet to public health, food safety, changing consumer tastes and preferences, and environmental sustainability. In the first instance, the focus of the work will be analytical rather than policy focused but later phases are expected to draw out wider policy implications.