Food is healthier for People and the Planet...
Double Burden: There are
now over a billion people in the world who go hungry - about
the same number who are overweight
The WHO calls this "the double burden" and
they are both linked through inequality.
"Cheap" food ignores
health and the environment. 'Sustainable' food takes into account
environmental, health and social concerns.
Global Warming: Farming
& Food production together make up about 1/5th of
UK & World Greenhouse Gases(Stern
Report & others)
UK 'Food Footprint' is 5X the size of the UK
Other concerns: energy use,
(ca 10 calories used to produce one food calorie),,water (20
Niles flown out of Africa), biodiversity(few
crop strains instead of diverse range), and
What does "sustainable
"Sustainable" food means
different things to each of us, as we seek to balance emerging food
issues about various health, environmental and social concerns. When
producing food, we need to use less finite
resources like oil, and emit less greenhouse gases (Environmental),
treat those in food chain better (Social),
and make money for further investment(Economic).
debates and dilemmas such as food miles or local, organic v GM, ethical & fair trade, land
& labour, climate
change & carbon
labelling, cheap v quality (assured), health & environment, biodiversity v
monoculture, veggie & animal welfare? On
this site, we try to deal with these dilemmas
at all levels, from consumer choice to government policy, but mainly at
the level of your organisation. Two
more Definitions & Principles
How does sustainable food
relate with "Food Security"?
Food Security is
according to FAO: "when everybody has access to sufficient, safe and
nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences" (more
definitions). Recent food prices may just a blip
or the signal of long term issues. Food securuty and sustainability are
certainly rising up the political agenda; witness the UK government's Food
for the Future - a response to the EFRA Select
Committee Report that said we should produce "more food, more
sustainably" and the Sustainable
Development Commission Report saying that sustainability and
security are "a perfect fit".
Then there is nutrition...
The world bank
says: “The relationship between agriculture and
human nutrition is far more complex than …the economic relationship
between food supply and food demand”. "Food is not a commodity like
others" says Bill Clinton
- it cannot be left to the whims of the markets. The World Health Organisation
spells out how to produce food more sustainably - ie is healthier for
people and the planet.
|To find out more about what sustainable food means,
click WhatWhy, How.
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