Westminster's Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee is embarking on a new inquiry, 'Food Security', in response to pressures facing food producers and rising food prices.

The inquiry will also consider the government’s food strategy, launched in a policy paper in June 2022, and the UK’s level of food self-sufficiency, in light of the key factors currently affecting the availability of food – such as the continuing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine – and the outlook for food inflation.

Trade body the Institute of Grocery Distribution has predicted that food inflation will hit 15% in the coming months, while the Bank of England reckons the supply disruption factors could last into 2023.

The EFRA Committee will also be asking how the pressures on supply and food inflation are affecting consumers’ access to healthy and nutritious food as well as their impact on businesses, and whether the Government’s food strategy proposals will affect resilience in the food supply chain, improve access to good quality food, and support farmers, fishers and food producers.

Committee chair, Sir Robert Goodwill, said: “There are few things more important than the food we eat – where it comes from, its quality and its price.

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“Our food producers are facing extremely challenging times – with rising energy and fertiliser prices as well as the war in Ukraine. These pressures are now also being felt by consumers.

“The government is not responsible for all the problems facing food supply chains but it is essential it does all it can to help manage these pressures as it implements its new food strategy.

“About three quarters of the types of food we can produce in this country are supplied by our own farmers, producers and growers. We want to start a debate about whether that’s the right level and what that means for how we use our land and the priority we put on food production”.

Everyone is welcome to contribute evidence to the inquiry and can submit their views in writing. The closing date for submission of written evidence is Friday September 30, 2022.

The Committee will also hold hearings with experts and stakeholders at oral evidence sessions, which will be announced nearer the time. These evidence sessions are normally held in public and can be watched on parliamentlive.tv.