The evidential basis for food and environmental policy

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Professor Ian Boyd FRSE, Chief Scientific Adviser for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs delivers this SCRR Peter Wilson Lecture about The evidential basis for food and environmental policy.

Societal demands on the environment are increasing. Food, water and environmental policies encompass the basic commodities for life and are important for the Government. Sustained innovation at rates matching rising demand without degrading natural capital is challenging. Evidence-based policies should have a pivotal role in the policy cycle. There are many successes, important failures and lessons for the future. Scientific discovery is inherently uncertain. It is important that models and processes account for uncertainties, support progress and reduce over-precaution.

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