Societal demands on the environment are increasing. Food, water and environmental policies encompass the basic commodities for life and are important for 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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Professor Ian Boyd FRSE, Chief Scientific Adviser for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs