Launch of the RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

01 November 2017

Today sees the launch of the RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission which describes itself as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the way we eat and farm, and to regenerate our environment and countryside communities.

Funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Commission will host the conversations that need to be had as the UK negotiates its future relationship with the European Union and the rest of the world in order to identify practical and radical solutions, ensuring future policy delivers what the nation needs from food, farming and the countryside.

 It aims to adopt a systems approach to explore best practice and new thinking and go beyond 'technical silos'.

In the words of the Commission's Chair, Sir Ian Cheshire: 'To identify practical solutions that are fair and sustainable in the long-term, we need to listen to people outside our usual ‘echo chamber’. We need to look beyond food, farming and rural policy for ideas, inspiration and innovation. The power to create new solutions is intimately connected to broader issues - like public health, technology, migration and the shape of our future economy.'

The Commission’s task is three-fold:

  • Inspire and develop a widely-shared mandate for change.
  • Set out a vision that is fairer, can stand the test of time, and aligns more closely with public expectations and values.
  • Propose solutions to achieve that vision, identifying where communities and business can take a lead, and where national policy is essential.

Read more about the Commission in its jointly launched report, on the RSA website and in the Guardian's article


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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