Report reveals that millions face increased food insecurity due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Report reveals that millions face increased food insecurity due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has published a report concerning coronavirus (COVID-19) and food supply. The report reveals that coronavirus has increased food insecurity for millions of individuals, leading to MPs urging the government to appoint a ‘Minister for Food Security’. The report also demonstrates that the use of UK food banks almost doubled during lockdown, the ‘significant knock-on effect of closures on suppliers, consumers and food aid organisations’ and explains that the continuation of cross-border movement of food mitigated the impact of the pandemic on food supplies. The Committee recommends that the government ‘reviews its resilience plans for the food sector’ and assesses our dependence on multi-national, in light of the potential upcoming challenges to food imports which could be caused by climate change or Brexit.

The report can be viewed here.

Source: Food insecurity exposed by COVID-19

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