Peter Davies reflects on the issues raised during the IWA Conference and the opportunities that need to be embraced to make Wales a sustainable food nation.
It was good to have the opportunity to chair the IWA Sustainable Food Nation Conference (in early June 2013), which I think will prove to be of real significance in the future of food for and from Wales.
For those unable to attend, the IWA has produced an excellent publication with a range of articles from conference contributors and other experts in the field.
It was significant as the first food conference addressed by Alun Davies in his role as Minister for Natural Resource and Food – the first time that food has been identified as a specific Cabinet responsibility. He set out his agenda and timetable for the publication of a Food Plan by the end of the year and the associated establishment of a Food Board to oversee delivery, stressing the food was emblematic as a statement about who we are as a nation.