SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND FARMING   An EAST OF ENGLAND PERSPECTIVE

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1. SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND FARMING – An EAST OF ENGLAND PERSPECTIVE Marie Francis Food and Farming Champion East of England

3. The Modern Industry Gross Value Added whole East England regional economy £90bn Food and Farming £10bn plough to plate (includes retail) £3bn food and drink sector £5bn tourism Agriculture = 1.5% region workforce Whole food supply chain = 13% workforce

4. Sustainable industry Economic Environmental Social Need profit All 3 interlinked

5. Industry Group Members Noel Bartram, Joint MD Bernard Matthews William Burgess, CE Produce World Martin Collison, Rural Policy Advisor to EEDA Pamela Forbes, Regional Director NFU John Latham, Chairman Camgrain Lawrence Mallinson, Owner, James White Drinks Ian Martin, Chairman Honeytop Speciality Foods Ian Pigott, Partner JW Pigott and Son Gary Stokes, Project Director, Ashlyn’s Organics Clarke Willis, Executive Director, Anglia Farmers Avoid unintended consequencesAvoid unintended consequences

6. Funding – over 3 years EEDA - £8m Rural Development Programme England - £12m? Other sources Not underestimateNot underestimate

7. Priority Areas Business skills and training Supply chain efficiency: water, waste energy Non food crops Export Regional food – public sector procurement Food hubs – new markets, London

8. You can’t predict the future

10. Priority Areas Business skills and training Supply chain efficiency: water, waste energy Non food crops Export Regional food – public sector procurement Food hubs – new markets, London

11. London 80% imported into London 2.5 days food supply Food security an issue ½ UK restaurants in London Food retail manufacturing and process second largest industry in London and fastest growing 10% freight food related Sustainable supply important Local to London – 100 miles Olympics

12. Big Scale Scale of all activity must grow Individual businesses grow Or work collaboratively – gain bargaining power Need infrastructure and scale eg for london or public sector procurement Small businesses can exist but not act in isolation Collab also funding opport, RDPE Scale necc, reg and local £100m, 1% of food value sold, why not 5 06%Collab also funding opport, RDPE Scale necc, reg and local £100m, 1% of food value sold, why not 5 06%

13. Food and farming Big industry in the region Big funding opportunities – need taking Big scale essential to access new markets and new opportunities The future is good for a dynamic and sustainable food and farming industry in the region But it means change, not more of the same

14. Don’t stay stuck in the mud

15. Know where you are going

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