We all need to eat, but we face huge challenges to the ways we produce our food. Challenges that will affect everyone.
There are over 7 billion people on this planet, and 200-thousand more hungry mouths are being born, every day. Yet our ability to produce food is being threatened.
There is a very real possibility that there will not be enough to eat in the future. We have to get involved and challenge the threats of climate change, decreasing oil supplies, and eco-system collapse.
Our current food systems are destroying biodiversity and our environment. Whilst millions of people in developing countries starve, Westernised countries are developing life-threatening illnesses like obesity and diabetes.
There are no simple solutions to these challenges, but as a society we must be engaged. The conversation about how we resolve these issues, the kinds of food we want to have access to, and the kinds of communities we want to live in, is fundamental to our future development. As citizens, our decisions about how and what we eat matter more now, than ever before. We are all in a position to influence a change.
At the Sustainable Food Trust, we are committed to facing challenges and exploring solutions for a food production system that causes the least possible harm to both humans and the environment. We believe in the principles of good science and advocate for research that creates a deeper understanding of the complexity of our natural environments. We work to commission and share the findings of high quality, peer-reviewed research, and aim to communicate complex scientific messages in open and accessible ways.
Everyone should have access to information and resources, and we encourage collaboration between all those who take an interest in food – from farmers and citizens, to heads of industry and policy makers.
The key principles for sustainable food systems are that they should:
- Optimise the production of high quality safe food
- Minimise the use of non-renewable external inputs
- Maintain and build soil fertility
- Enhance food security and a high degree of resilience against external shocks
- Support plant and animal diversity and animal welfare
- Minimise environmental pollution
- Promote public health
As a planet, we have never faced the scale of crisis that we do now. Time is not on our side. If we are to transform our food systems so that the maximum amount of people can eat nutritious food produced in a healthy way, we need to work together, share ideas, pool resources and connect as part of a global food movement. Every voice counts. Join us.