Submission to the UK Environmental Audit Committee’s Inquiry on Environmental Change
10 March 2023
• The increasing severity and frequency of heatwaves and extremes of precipitation due to climate change already threaten food security in the UK. [...] It said that the strategy contained little mention of the adaptations needed in the food system to build resilience to the climate and weather extremes of the future. [...] Physical access to food in the UK is affected by the impact of climate and weather shocks on both domestic and overseas production, and on the resilience of global food supply chains. [...] Question 3: What is the Government doing to prepare for disruption to the UK’s food supply resulting from climate change impacts or biodiversity loss? The UK Food Strategy aims to ensure a sustainable, nature-positive and affordable food system, but more climate change mitigation and adaptation measures will likely need to be incorporated to address the projected impacts of the future climate on f. [...] Securing a sustainable food supply Question 5: What role could a reduction in meat and dairy consumption play in improving food security and what measures could the Government take to capitalise on the trend to plant-based diets? Changes to the food system resulting from a shift to lower-carbon and plant-based diets could contribute to climate change mitigation while also providing health benefits.