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Fairness in the food system

Findings of our Populus Poll on attitudes to fairness in the food system.

 

Press release: For immediate release Monday 18th, June 2018

 

Brexit alarm bells ringing as younger generations show concern for future of food system

Young people believe the UK’s food system is ‘unfair’ to workers in developing nations, the natural environment and to farm animals, and that Brexit will make things worse

A survey by the Food Ethics Council, released today (Monday, 18th June), shows UK generations divided on how fair our food system is, with around half of 16 to 24-year-olds expressing concerns about some of the ways our food is produced and consumed. Many also worry that Brexit will adversely affect our food system, particularly its impacts on farm animal welfare and the environment.

The Populus poll, commissioned by the Food Ethics Council for its 20th anniversary, interviewed a nationally representative sample of 2,131 respondents in the UK. Respondents were asked whether the food system was ‘fair’ to people in the UK, to those working in food and farming in the UK and in developing countries, to the natural environment and to farm animals.

The survey reveals that while the majority of people (54%) believe that the current food system is generally ‘fair’ to the UK population, 45% of people believe that the food system is ‘unfair’ to people working in food farming in developing countries.

For younger generations, farm animal welfare and the natural environment are key concerns; 55% of 16 to 24-year-olds surveyed believe that the food system is ‘unfair’ to farm animals, compared to just 32% of over 65s, and 46% of 16 to 24-year-olds say it is ‘unfair’ to the natural environment - for those aged 55 to 64 and the over 65s this figure falls to 28%.

Read the full press release here

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Populus conducted 2,131 online interviews with a nationally representative sample of UK respondents aged 16+. Interviews took place between the 18th and 20th May 2018.

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