The government has got its priorities wrong on food policy, according to a report on the future of food and farming. Why Health is the Key to the Future of Farming and Food by Thames Valley University's centre for food policy says government is focusing on food safety when improving consumer health is an equally pressing concern. The authors, professors Tim Lang and Geoff Rayner, say diet-related disease drains the NHS and industry of billions of pounds a year, dwarfing the £4bn bill for BSE and £2.7bn for foot and mouth. Food poisoning accounts for less than £1bn. A key recommendation is a new pricing structure for foods which reflects the costs of distribution and production ­ discouraging overprocessing, food miles and a long food chain. {{NEWS }}