The aim of food policy is to promote the population’s nutritional status and well-being through food. Food policy covers a broad range of issues concerning the production, processing, distribution and consumption of food. The national economy, public health and the well-being of the environment are all closely connected to food policy decisions.
The Food Policy Committee established by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry develops and coordinates the implementation of food-related policies in central government. The committee consists of representatives of different ministries, producer, advisory and nature conservation organisations, and trade and industry. The committee’s task is to promote food policy collaboration among the different operators in the food chain. The committee has three sub-committees. Its term of office runs from 1 August 2016 to 1 August 2019.
The Government will give a food policy report to the Parliament around Christmas 2016. The report is part of Finnish national food policy, and it sets out the policy objectives and key priorities of the activities far into the future. The food policy cannot achieve its goals and the vision cannot be made reality unless the Government, the Parliament and the entire food system are committed to the common strategy and its long-term implementation.
In 2030, Finnish consumers eat tasty, healthy and safe Finnish food that has been produced sustainably and ethically. Consumers have the ability and possibility to make informed choices. A transparent, highly skilled, flexible, internationally competitive and profitable food system responds to the demand. The growth and advancement of the sector are supported by well-coordinated, high-level research and innovation.