Food Bill Continues to gather support

Legislation which will enhance food security in Wales continues to gain support across the country.

The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) has today welcomed the proposals put forward by Monmouthshire Member of the Senedd (MS), Peter Fox, which seeks to strengthen Wales’ food strategy, increase food security, benefit producers, and ensure a sustainable future for both food producers and the environment.

The Food (Wales) Bill, introduced by Mr Fox, is seeking to introduce a more sustainable food system in Wales. CPRW strongly supports the aims of the proposed Bill, as a more joined up food strategy for Wales is desperately needed, but it believes the proposed legislation could and should do more to deliver a sustainable future for both food producers, their rural communities, and the environment.

Commenting on the proposed legislation, a spokesperson for CPRW said:

“There is a need for this and other more robust legislation to combat food wastage, excessive packaging, and better management of waste by-products in the production of goods and the raising of livestock.

“More action is required to ensure that we safeguard our food supply for the future, regulate buying policies for large produce buyers to minimise waste, minimise packaging, respect the physical environment, and uphold animal and waste management best practice standards.

“The Welsh Government has not demonstrated that its current strategies for food are joined up or coherent. If the scope of this Bill is already within the purview of the Minister and the Welsh Government, as they claim, it is difficult to understand why these proposals are not already being implemented.”

And Mr Fox added:

“I’m absolutely delighted to secure the support of the CPRW for my Food (Wales) Bill and this latest endorsement is proof that there is wide-ranging support across Wales for it.

“Ensuring our future food security is a goal, I believe, every person can – and must – support.

“This Bill, which has had cross party support, is a welcome reminder of the good that can be achieved when party politics is put aside.”

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