A high dependency on imported fresh food, coupled with failure to act on climate breakdown, is risking national food security, say MPs.
The Environment Audit Committee’s report ‘Our Planet, Our Health’ shows that one in five fresh foods imported to this country may be at risk.
Geraint Davies, Swansea West MP and a member of the Environment Audit Committee (EAC), said: “It’s true that we are what we eat and continuing to have access to fresh food is vital for our diets in order to keep us healthy.
“We are in a ridiculous situation in this country that when we should be looking at what we can do to improve our supplies to fresh and nutritious food and decrease our climate footprint we have a government preparing to frustrate our current trade relationships in exchange for a deal with the US who want us to import their hormone impregnated meat from across the world. This is not only cruel to the animal it is bad for our health and our planet.
“The government must take our public health more seriously and commit to promoting healthy diets and restrict advertising of food with high fat and sugar content, as I have previously set out in my sugar Bill.”
For more information see the EAC press release: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environmental-audit-committee/news-parliament-2017/planetary-health-report-published-17-19/