LEON co-founder Henry Dimbleby has been appointed by environment secretary Michael Gove to lead an independent review of the UK’s food system to ensure it is fit for the 21st century.
The year-long review will investigate the entire food system, from field to fork, and consider what changes are needed to ensure that it delivers safe, healthy and affordable food, is robust, enhances the natural environment and is sustainable.
It will be the second time Dimbleby (pictured right with LEON co-founder John Vincent) and Gove have partnered on a food-based partnership, after the duo worked closely on 2013’s School Food Plan.
It is the first major review of the UK food system in 75 years and will result in a new National Food Strategy, to be published in 2020.
“No part of our economy matters more than food,” says Dimbleby. “It is vital to life and shapes our sense of identity. “But there are urgent challenges with which we must grapple. Populations are growing, diet-related conditions are harming the lives of millions, and climate change is altering what our land will yield. From farmers in the field to chefs in the kitchen, over the next year I’ll be speaking with people from across the food chain to address these challenges and ensure everyone has a say in shaping the future.”