Helen Browning, chair of the Food Ethics Council, expects the food and fairness inquiry will inspire food businesses to adopt good supply chain practices and warn them off bad ones - ultimately benefit their businesses in the long term.
The responses received by the inquiry committee will be discussed at three hearings this autumn, where witnesses will also make presentations and others will have a chance to contribute. The first hearing, on 16th September, will tackle food poverty and malnutrition.
After deliberating on the evidence and the discussions at the hearings, the committee will put together a report that will make recommendations for food producers, retailers and policy-makers.
The report is due to be published in early 2010. The project does not officially wrap up until October next year, allowing time to disseminate the work.