The man behind a major review of the UK’s food system has criticized the government’s vision for the industry, saying it is “not a strategy”.
A draft government food strategy leaked last week omitted several recommendations from Leon’s founder, Henry Dimbleby, including a salt and sugar tax, and government action on disease fat.
It has promoted things like fish farming, long seen as environmentally harmful mandatory vegan meal options in schools, and animal welfare warnings on restaurant menus.
It also urges people to move towards eating “responsibly sourced venison” instead of other meats like beef, although this is not the final version of the strategy.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised that the final version, due out today, will “support farmers, boost UK industry and help protect people against the effects of future economic shocks”.
The Guardian said Mr Dimbleby had been shown the final document and was told there was “nothing real about health”.
“It’s not a strategy,” he added.
“It doesn’t lay out a clear vision of why we have the problems we have, and it doesn’t lay out what needs to be done.”
In his review last year, Mr Dimbleby also recommended better environmental and welfare standards in agriculture, a 30% reduction in meat and dairy consumption, and a significant expansion of meals. free at school.
“With inflation like it is today, both the amount spent on free school meals is actually significantly less than it was a year ago and the number of people who need it is significantly more – we need to solve the problem,” he said. decide that.”
‘Promoting British industry’
Mr Johnson said: “Our food strategy sets out the blueprint for how we will support farmers, boost UK industry and help protect people from the impact of economic shocks. future economy by protecting our food security.
Harnessing new technology and innovation, we will grow and eat more of our own food – unlocking jobs across the country and growing the economy, which in the end will help relieve the pressure. price up.”
But Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow secretary for environment, food and rural affairs, said: “This is nothing more than a statement of vague intentions, not a specific proposition. able to solve the major problems facing our country.”
Kath Dalmeny, chief executive officer of agriculture group Sustain, said: “Faced with multiple crises in the cost of living, rising obesity, climate change and loss of nature, food strategy government looks shamelessly weak.
“The government has clearly analyzed the range of Dimbleby food strategy recommendations and has chosen to adopt only a handful of them.”
The Food Foundation’s chief executive, Anna Taylor, said: “It’s a feeble interpretation of Henry Dimbleby’s recommendations, which will not be enough to drive the lasting change we know is so great. necessary, needs.”
Henry Dimbleby will speak to Sky News about the government’s response to his proposals at around 9.20am this morning.