Strategy to ensure food sustainability for Isle of Man

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

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Tynwald is to be asked to approve a strategy that will ensure the island’s population has reliable and nutritional food supplies in the decades to come.

Environment, Food and Agriculture Phil Gawne MHK will ask the June sitting of Tynwald to accept the Isle of Man Food Security Strategy.

The blueprint for the next 20 to 40 years addresses concerns identified by senior scientists and agriculture policy experts about the sustainability of food supplies as a result of environmental changes and rising and volatile prices.

It addresses areas such as growth of the island’s food industry and encouraging exports, food safety, support offered to farmers and fishermen, protecting the supply chain, including transportation of food to the island, the threat of climate change and promoting ways to reduce food waste.

Mr Gawne said: ‘I can understand that, with food on their plates and in the shops, people may take for granted that this will always be the case and won’t have the security of food supplies high on their list of concerns.

‘However, we face global challenges which mean we need to think differently about our relationship with food. We need to produce more food without damaging the natural resources we all depend upon.’

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