Proposal 018 - Peter Fox MS

Published 06/09/2021   |   Last Updated 25/07/2023   |   Reading Time minutes

This proposal was successful in the ballot for Member Bills on 22 September 2021.

View the Development of the Food (Wales) Bill

The following is a proposal for a Member Bill tabled during the Sixth Senedd:

Proposing Member:

Peter Fox MS

Title of the proposed Bill:

The Food (Wales) Bill

Policy Objectives of the proposed Bill:

The purpose of the Bill is to establish a more sustainable food system in Wales to strengthen food security, improve Wales’ socioeconomic well-being, and enhance consumer choice.

The Bill would also aim to:

  • Place a duty on Welsh Ministers to produce an annual Food Strategy for Wales to tackle food poverty and malnutrition, to ensure the sustainable growth of the food sector to create jobs and attract investment, and to ensure that sustainable local food producers have access to adequate support and incentives;
  • Establish a Wales Food Commission to co-produce and deliver a more integrated and resilient food system strategy in collaboration with stakeholders;
  • Deliver a more sustainable, localised food system, requiring local authorities and other public services to develop community food plans to strengthen public procurement and create better infrastructure to link food producers and consumers;
  • Require Welsh Ministers to report annually on levels of food production in Wales, and to develop a set of indicators to show the contribution of the food sector to ensuring food security;
  • Aim to eliminate all forms of food waste and mandate supermarkets and other relevant shops to donate unwanted food to charities and food banks to help the most vulnerable in society; and
  • Strengthening statutory requirements on food labelling, such as country of origin labelling for food consumed at home and food consumed in foodservice/hospitality settings, as well as the sustainability of food produced in Wales.