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Food security: demand, consumption and waste

Inquiry status: Report published and government response received.

20 October 2014: MPs begin an in-depth look at how to ensure every UK citizen has access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food produced in a sustainable manner. This follows the Committee's previous inquiry on Food security which reported on 1 July 2014.

Launching its new inquiry into Food Security: demand, consumption and waste, Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee Chair, Miss Anne McIntosh said:

"Everyone should have the opportunity to have a healthy diet at an affordable price and which supports sustainable food production.

We will be looking at the factors influencing the choices we all make about the food we eat, where we buy it and how these affect the nation’s ability to ensure we all have access to good food.

We will also ask how we can make sure that our food comes from sources that are sustainable so as to ensure secure food supplies for generations to come.

One key concern is whether more can be done to tackle the staggering amount of food wasted at home, in restaurants and along the supply chain from farm to shop. While there has been some progress on this front, each household still throws away too much food".

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