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Icelandic Government Presents First Comprehensive Food Policy

“Iceland holds unique opportunities in the field of food production but the challenges ahead are also big, not least in the areas of climate issues and public health. Therefore, it’s important to form a clear vision of the future,” stated Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, who presented Iceland’s first comprehensive food policy yesterday alongside Minister of Fisheries Kristján Þór Júlíusson.

The 10-year policy aims to address public health and food security, as well as competition and value creation within food production in Iceland. It also aims to support development in the industry through innovation and research. It took two years of committee work to create the policy, which also addresses climate goals and sustainability.

“The cornerstone of Iceland’s new food policy is the country’s unique position when it comes to food production,” the Minister of Fisheries stated. “It is undisputed and we should show it off in every respect. Opportunities in Icelandic food production are everywhere. The demand for pure and wholesome products is constantly increasing and we are well-placed to meet that demand. Our goal is to ensure continuous prosperity through increased value creation.”

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While most of Iceland’s agriculture subsidies go toward sheep and cow farming, the government recently increased its investment in domestic vegetable and fruit cultivation. There has been growing innovation in many kinds of food production in the country in recent years.

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