Complex supply chains permeate even local products. Take a typical biscuit-containing chocolate bar from a British shop, manufactured in a British factory. It contains sugar, cocoa, milk, whey, wheat, yeast, salt, palm oil and calcium sulphate (a nutritional additive) which are sourced from all over the world.
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.
- Date: 7 January 2021
- Author(s): Christopher Waite, Sajeev Mohankumar, Rebecca Martin, Michael Norman
The 2019 Policy Lab winners present their new report which identifies the potential impacts of the emerging trend of plant-based diets on the UK food system. Here the team give a ‘behind the scenes’ to their process of writing a Think Piece, how they successfully engaged with stakeholders, and why now is the opportune time to be discussing plant-based diets.
- Date: 21 December 2020
A new GFS and BBSRC report details the findings from a workshop with stakeholders across the food system, exploring how we could ‘build back better’ and create a more resilient post COVID-19 food network which simultaneously delivers resilience and sustainability.