Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 03/2009

Food Futures: Rethinking UK Strategy

Susan Ambler-Edwards, Kate Bailey, Alexandra Kiff

February 2009

Chatham House


Over the next few decades, the global food system will come under renewed pressure from the combined effects of seven fundamental factors: population growth, the nutrition transition, energy, land, water, labour and climate change. The combined effects will create constraints on food supply and if action is not taken, there is a real potential for demand growth to outstrip increases in global food production. Effects on developing countries would be devastating. Developed countries will be affected too. Expectations of abundant and ever cheaper food could come under strain. The UK can no longer afford to take its food supply for granted.