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Agriculture Enquiry: Lords to hear from food experts


The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment will hear from Professor Peter Lillford, the Morrisons supermarket chain, the Food Standards Agency and Which? as part of its inquiry into Innovation in EU Agriculture on Wednesday 16 February.

The aim of the inquiry is to identify how innovation in EU agriculture can be best supported, particularly at a time when factors such as population increase and climate change have greatly affected the scale of the challenges facing agriculture in the UK, Europe and globally.

10:45am:       Professor Peter Lillford, Department of Biology, University of York

11:30am:       Tim Smith, Chief Executive, Food Standards Agency

David Evans, Head of Agriculture, Morrisons

Martyn Jones, Corporate Services Director, Morrisons

Sue Davies, Chief Policy Adviser, Which?

The witnesses will be asked questions in relation to:

  • the extent of innovation in agriculture today
  • the impact of changes in food, diet and retailing
  • challenges likely to drive innovation in the future
  • key players and structures needed to support innovation in EU agriculture

The evidence session will take place on Wednesday 16 February from 10:45am in Committee Room 3a.


1. The evidence session is open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should access Parliament via the Cromwell Green Entrance where they will be directed towards the Committee Corridor. Please arrive in time to allow for security screening.

2. The evidence session will be broadcast live at

3. For more information on the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment please visit:

4. For more information about the organisations giving evidence, please visit: Food Standards Agency; Morrisons; Which?

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