The RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission was an independent inquiry that took place from November 2017 to April 2020 to think afresh about where our food comes from, how we support farming and rural communities and how we invest in the many benefits the countryside provides.
Chaired by Sir Ian Cheshire, 15 Commissioners were drawn from farming and food businesses, from public health and citizens groups, from think-tanks and universities.
The work came at a particularly challenging time in the wake of the EU referendum. But from very early on, the Commissioners agreed that the focus of the work should not be defined by current circumstances. They wanted to tackle the bigger challenges facing the food, farming and countryside sector: from climate and ecosystem breakdown to rising rates of diet-related ill-health.
Commissioners also wanted to hear more from people who are not usually involved in these debates.
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