SCIENTISTS farmers, businesses, retailers and policy-makers from across the agri-food sector are backing a co-ordinated industry approach to ensure a sustainable and efficient UK food supply chain.
It follows the Centre of Excellence for UK Farming (CEUKF) inaugural conference, where delegates from industry, academia and Government debated how the UK could become the best place to produce safe and nutritious food - against the backdrop of global population growth, climate change and other key challenges.
Welcoming the CEUKF initiative, Farming Minister Jim Paice said: “No one sector has the solution to the challenges facing our food production system.
“It will require innovative approaches, with scientists, farmers, food industry and policy-makers working in partnership to improve the efficiency, sustainability and resilience of our food supply chain.
“The Centre of Excellence for UK Farming is a timely, market-focused initiative to promote effective collaboration between the UK research base and the food supply industry, and I wish the project every success.”