Lord Carter of Coles, chairman of the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Farming, today told members of the food service industry that there is still time to contribute to the Committee’s inquiry into Innovation and EU Agriculture.
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 impacted the scale of the challenges facing agriculture in the UK, Europe and globally. Contributions are invited from across the agricultural, food production, retail, environmental and research sectors.
Speaking at an industry event in London promoting foodservice and agriculture, Lord Carter of Coles, said:
'We intend that our inquiry will shine a light on the possibilities for innovation in EU agriculture, and show how the CAP and other EU policies can help or hinder the work of implementing those possibilities. I have no doubt that input from those directly involved in farming and foodservice operations will mean that our inquiry will be better informed and that its findings will be all the more influential.'
The closing date for written evidence was 24 September 2010. The Committee will begin to take oral evidence from witnesses in the autumn with a view to reporting before next summer.
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