The UK has a highly successful agricultural industry, but many domestic and international factors affect food production and prices for consumers in the UK. This became evident during the world food price spike of 2008.
Food and drinks manufacturing is the UK’s biggest industry and plays a major part in the health of the economy. And with the rising cost of food, the environmental impact of agriculture and the rising prevalence of obesity, awareness of food-related issues is almost certainly higher than it has been for decades.
The history of modern agriculture begins after the Second World War. Industrialised countries switched back to a peacetime economy and developing countries gained independence from their colonial rulers and took more control over their agricultural practices.
The Global Food Security programme website is managed by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). We are committed to ensuring that our website and online resources are accessible to everyone, no matter what their ability.
Food security occurs when all people are able to access enough safe and nutritious food to meet their requirements for a healthy life, in ways the planet can sustain into the future. However, food security faces a number of challenges across both production and consumption which research will be essential to solve.
The Global Food Security (GFS) programme brings together the UK’s main public funders of food-related research and training. The programme aims to help meet the challenge of providing the world’s growing population with a sustainable and secure supply of safe, nutritious and affordable high quality food.
Despite seeing significant changes to the importance of school food provision over the past decade, recent figures tell us that 1 in 5 children in reception are overweight or obese.
- Date: 7 September 2018
A report has been published arguing for a systemic approach to food policy across governments and businesses for health and sustainability.