An imminent food crisis: Fact or fiction? Webinar

11 November 2020 / IKnowFood

Wednesday 18 November 2020 18:00-19:00

According to Statista, the use of food banks has increased year-on-year from 26,000 in 2008/09 to 1.6 million in 2018/19. In this webinar, the Food and Health Forum will provide a perspective on the current status of food security and its possible impact on the nutritional status of the population.

The discussion will focus on the current fragile situation, given the UK’s heavy reliance on the EU, both for fresh food imports and for farm labour. It has been predicted that a ‘no deal’ Brexit could be disastrous. A team of experts will cover a range of topics, including sustainable diets, the current status of and prognosis for food security in the UK, and the implications of Brexit for our food system.

Our key speakers include Bob Doherty, Principal Investigator of IKnowFood and Phil Garnett, Senior Lecturer at University of York, who in their recent communication in ‘Nature Food’ highlighted the fact that the UK’s food system has been weakened by insufficient capacity in domestic food production, just-in-time supply chains and Brexit-related vulnerable labour. Also speaking will be Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University London, who in his thought-provoking book from earlier this year, ‘Feeding Britain: Our Food Problems and How to Fix Them’ advocates the development of a clear long-term strategy for the UK’s food supply and argues compellingly that the current complacency is not an option going forward.

Participants will have their questions addressed, including:

  • Is there an imminent crisis or is this just scaremongering?
  • What will the food landscape look like as we emerge from COVID-19 and as the impact of the UK leaving the EU becomes clearer?
  • How will vulnerable sectors of our society be impacted?
  • What is the longer term prognosis for the availability and affordability of a nutritionally sound diet in the UK?
  • What is a good food system? How is ours measured and will the proposed new system measuring up?

Undoubtedly, COVID-19 and the UK’s departure from the EU present a potent and complex cocktail of issues, which means we can no longer afford to be complacent regarding our food supply.


RSM Members Free
Non Members £20
Trainee £15
Student £15

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