We are delighted to share our Progress Report charting the work and progress made by the Sustainable Food Trust during 2020.

Despite the ravages of COVID-19 and its disruptive impact, perhaps surprisingly, we have experienced one of the busiest years in our organisational history and have taken some giant steps forward in our key areas of work. Specifically, our work on Sustainability Metrics which we hope will provide an internationally harmonised framework for measuring on-farm sustainability and its sister initiative, True Cost Accounting, have generated significant impact, not just in the UK but throughout the world.

Umbilically related and central to the challenge that governments worldwide are now facing, is the need to develop policies and practices which address the existential threats of climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as provide a sufficiently remunerative financial environment to incentivise farmers to switch to food production systems which exists in harmony with nature. Once again, we have experienced unprecedented interest in our recommendations for policy packages which support this transition to sustainable, agroecological, regenerative and organic practices, all of which are, of course, connected to the application of our sustainability assessment framework.

A third area of engagement relates to the task of creating an informed body of public opinion in relation to farming practice, sustainability, food productivity, diets and human health. We have placed great emphasis on this work because we firmly believe all lasting change in farming practice needs to be driven by the power of informed public opinion, acting both electorally and in the marketplace.

This connects with our fourth theme, education, with a particular focus on the application of the Harmony principles as developed by Prince Charles, firstly in schools, but now extending to food and farming.

We do hope you will enjoy reading this update on the progress we have made. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information on any aspect of our work or if you would like to receive a hard copy of the report.

Click here to read the full report.

For further information, contact Helen Taylor helen@sustainablefoodtrust.org

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