The need for, and objectives of, a food policy and Ministry of Food are considered by reference to research investigating the views of the food chain, and the relevant literature. It is suggested that over half of the food chain would welcome a food policy and Ministry of Food, the reasons for these views and the possible effects of these suggestions being discussed. A number of contradictions in Government policy relating to food are considered. Even if the need for a food policy/Ministry of Food is agreed, their objectives and roles need to be clearly established, and this could be a major stumbling‐block to their implementation. These conclusions are based on research involving 683 farmers, companies and retailers in the food chain.
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