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UK Says It Will Prioritise Food Security as Global Prices Soar

  • Boris Johnson’s government publishes first food strategy
  • Campaigners say plan ignores urgency of climate, health issues
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The UK will prioritize food security in its new farming strategy, while rejecting proposals aimed at fighting obesity and climate change. 

The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs said Monday it will invest £270 million ($332 million) until 2029 in boosting farm output, and review planning permission to support glasshouse developments to reduce imports. Independent recommendations for a tax on sugar and salt to encourage better diets and for the provision of more free school meals were shunned as Boris Johnson’s government struggles to contain a cost-of-living crisis.