Food Security

Inquiry status: inquiry concluded. Government response published 20 October 2014. New inquiry Food security: demand, consumption and waste launched.

The Committee is taking oral evidence on Food security: demand, consumption and waste.  Written submissions can be sent via the inquiry page.

The UK has a highly successful agricultural industry, and the food and drink sector is responsible for 3.7 million jobs and 7% of the overall economy. It is 62% self-sufficient in food production. However many domestic and international factors affect both production and prices for consumers as became evident during the world food price spike of 2008.



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