NSA welcomes appointment to oversee review the UK food system

28th June 2019

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has welcomed the appointment of Henry Dimbleby to lead a review on the UK’s food system.

Phil Stocker, NSA Chief Executive, comments: “This review is something NSA really welcomes. Food production and environmental land management is brought together by the practice of farming, and collectively it needs clear aims and objectives.   A comprehensive review of our food system is a vital part of forming that vision.”

Mr Stocker continues: “The appointment of Henry Dimbleby is very welcome, and NSA is pleased to see a competent and established figure taking on this very important work.”

However, NSA remains concerned about the disconnect between different policy areas within Defra. Mr Stocker says: “We have long said the Agriculture Bill, Environment Bill and UK’s food strategy should be approached as one, recognising and unifying all of these interests into one combined and integrated policy. NSA hopes that the appointment of Mr Dimbleby will lead to a consolidation of different areas of responsibility within Defra to deliver a strong domestic policy that works for the health of people and the environment while creating stable economic opportunities for British farmers.”