UK farmers and the food brands, caterers and supermarkets they sell to are worth over £100 billion a year to the UK economy. However, environmental degradation is harming UK food production and undermining this critical industry. Meanwhile, new trading relationships and changes to farm support after Brexit could reshape the UK’s food and farming sectors.
Challenges on this scale cannot be solved by any one company. Government action will be needed to start the process of environmental recovery, but effective long term solutions require collaboration between farmers, food manufacturers, retailers and NGOs.
Green Alliance founded the Food and Nature Task Force in late 2017 to stimulate partnerships along the food supply chain. During 2018 we will be conducting new analysis and providing insight into how Brexit could impact UK consumers, farmers and the natural environment. And we will be making recommendations based on our findings for the ‘no regrets’ options available to the government.
The current members of the Task Force are Nestlé, Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. The Task Force also receives support 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.