The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment will hear from Professor Peter Lillford, the Morrisons supermarket chain, the Food Standards Agency and Which? as part of its inquiry into Innovation in EU Agriculture on Wednesday 16 February.
The aim of the inquiry is to identify how innovation in EU agriculture can be best supported, particularly at a time when factors such as population increase and climate change have greatly affected the scale of the challenges facing agriculture in the UK, Europe and globally.
Witnesses will be asked questions in relation to:
- the extent of innovation in agriculture today
- the impact of changes in food, diet and retailing
- challenges likely to drive innovation in the future
- key players and structures needed to support innovation in EU agriculture
Professor Peter Lillford, Department of Biology, University of York will give evidence at 10.45am.
From 11.30am the Committee will hear evidence from:
- Tim Smith, Chief Executive, Food Standards Agency
- David Evans, Head of Agriculture, Morrisons
- Martyn Jones, Corporate Services Director, Morrisons
- Sue Davies, Chief Policy Adviser, Which?
The evidence session will take place in Committee Room 3a.
Public committee sessions are open to everyone, including the press, and follow proceedings from the public gallery.
The Sub-Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into how innovation in EU agriculture can be encouraged in the context of new challenges such as climate change, water scarcity and the need to encourage sustainable improvements in output.
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