Knowledge for better food systems

Call for evidence: Planetary health inquiry, Environmental Audit Committee, UK

21 Dec 2018

The Environmental Audit Committee of the UK’s House of Commons has launched an inquiry on the subject of Planetary Health. The Committee will investigate the effect of environmental damage and climate change on health. The inquiry will examine this emerging field of study, including the use of technology to mitigate risks, global interdisciplinary collaborations, and action taken by the UK Government. The Committee is particularly interested in the risks relating to nutrition for UK and global human populations.

The Committee is inviting written submissions on the subject of planetary health. The terms of reference outlines the main themes of the inquiry, and can be used as a basis for written submission.

Written submissions should be no longer than 3000 words. The deadline for submissions will be Friday 21 December. Written evidence can be submitted via the evidence portal here.

FCRN readers may be particularly interested in the following questions in the enquiry, relating to crops and nutrition:

8. How might crops (produced both globally and in the UK) be affected by climate change?

9. What risks relating to nutrition for UK and global human populations might there be as a result of climate change? In particular, how might planetary health affect non-communicable diseases, such as obesity?

10. What steps should the UK Government take to protect crops and food products from the effects of climate change? What steps should the Government take to reduce the impact of climate change on non-communicable diseases such as obesity?

11. What is the relationship between the use of agricultural chemicals and biodiversity loss in the UK?

12. What are the risks to the UK of declines in pollinator populations?