06 Jan 2010 12:01:05
Consumers to lead low carbon food revolution
Consumers can play a key role in Britain's proposed low carbon economy, according to the UK government.
The secretary for state Hilary Benn yesterday delivered the Food 2030 plan to farmers at the Oxford Farming Conference.
Measures outlined in the report include supporting consumers to buy food that is locally produced in order to reduce reliance on transportation and create smaller carbon footprints.
Campaigns to improve diets will underpin the government's strategy to lessen the impact of intensive farming on the environment.
As part of the cross-departmental plan, the government will create leases enabling landowners and voluntary groups to set up temporary allotments on land awaiting development.
The minister told the conference: "People power can help bring about a revolution in the way food is produced and sold."
He added: "We know that the consequences of the way we produce and consume our food are unsustainable to our planet and to ourselves. There are challenges for everyone involved in the food system, from production right through to managing food waste."http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2010/100105a.htm