True Cost resources
Film: Kentucky, 2013
In April 2013, the SFT convened a meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, with leaders from across food, farming, funding and policy organisations to discuss the potential for an international collaboration on the topic of True Cost Accounting.
What is true cost accounting?
This short film from our first True Cost Accounting meeting in Kentucky asks ‘What is true cost accounting and why does it matter?’Learn more
Returning from Kentucky, SFT Chief Executive, Patrick Holden wrote a blog about the meeting, using the true cost of cheap chicken as an example of food system economics gone awry.
The true cost of cheap food
Patrick Holden examines the true cost of a cheap chicken and asks what can be done to rebalance our distorted economic playing field?Learn more
Film: HRH Prince of Wales
In May 2013, the SFT helped to convene a European meeting of organisations with a role to play in supporting the True Cost Accounting agenda. In Langenburg, the Prince of Wales questioned our ‘aggressive search for cheap food’.
Podcast: Holden versus Humphrys
In this lively podcast, Radio 4 broadcaster, John Humphrys, takes on SFT Chief Executive, Patrick Holden in a debate about the genuine impacts of our cheap food choices. Inevitably, sparks fly as these two battle it out…
Debating true cost accounting
Patrick Holden is challenged by the formidable John Humphrys to explain what he means by ‘true cost accounting’ and why people should careLearn more
London, December 2013
Over 3 days in early December 2013, the SFT convened an international symposium on the topic of True Cost Accounting.
Commencing with a 2 day workshop meeting, and ending with a public conference at the Royal Geographical Society, we explored the wide range of ‘externalities’ (impacts) associated with different systems of farming.
This meeting, attended by leading scientists, funders and policy advocates from around the world, was the beginning of a truly international True Cost Accounting initiative.
True Cost Accounting conference film
This short-film gives you a flavour of the diversity of the discussion that took placeLearn more
A message from HRH Prince of Wales
We are delighted to share a message from the Prince of Wales, lending his support to delegates of our True Cost Accounting conferenceLearn more
Watch the conference
The links below take you to uncut footage of the workshops and conference sessions across all 3 days of the event. You can review and experience the whole thing, as if you were there in person.
To see the individual presentations from speakers at the public conference, please click here.
True Cost workshop videos
Watch all of the workshop sessions from across our two-day London symposiumLearn more
True Cost conference videos
Watch the full, unedited version of all the talks and panel discussions at the public conferenceLearn more
True Cost images and graphic harvesting
We have put together a selection of photographs, which capture the creativity and conversation from across the eventLearn more
Film: Lexicon of Sustainability
The Lexicon of Sustainability project make short-films, using beautiful graphic imagery, to explain complex food and farming terminology. In this film, they help us to understand what True Cost Accounting is all about and how it affects our lives.
The true cost of cheap
Explaining the hidden costs and understanding the impacts of our cheap food choicesLearn more
Blog: Paying for our cheap food choices
Following an email which asked ‘How can anyone argue that food is too cheap, when the price of food is going up?’ SFT Comms Director, Aine Morris, wrote this blog explaining the impacts of our cheap food choices.
Paying for our cheap food choices
Why the outcome of True Cost Accounting should be food democracy and not consumers priced out of eating wellLearn more
Urgent Recall: The true cost of food
Stephen Devlin introduces a recent report by the New Economics Foundation examining the state of the UK food systemLearn more
Letter to political parties: Protect natural capital
A group of organisations has called on the main political parties to do more to protect our natural capitalLearn more