A Minister for Food Security is urgently needed to deal with the threat posed by COVID-19, Brexit and climate change, according to a cross-party group of MPs.
Millions of people have struggled to access food as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with the number of food bank users doubling during lockdown.
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee warns that food insecurity is “likely to get worse before it gets better” because of risks including a second wave of coronavirus cases, as well as potential disruption and delays to the food supply system as a result of a “disorderly Brexit”.
The committee analysed the government’s response to the disruption to food supplies caused by COVID-19.
Although committee chair Neil Parish said the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs response was “commendable” once the pandemic hit, the report questions why the government appeared unprepared for disruptions – such as