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Sustainable food systems: how does the UK measure up?

Our publication takes a look at the UK's position on the Food Sustainability Index, and asks experts what needs to happen to enable the UK to rise up the ranks and create a food system that is healthy, sustainable and fair.


The Food Ethics Council asked a number of UK food policy experts to look at results from the Food Sustainability Index (FSI), assess why – in their view – the UK is doing badly in certain areas, and give us their thoughts on potential policy solutions that would help drive the UK up the index.

The articles in this compendium assess the UK’s performance in the three key areas that the FSI focuses on: sustainable agriculture, nutrition and food waste and loss. They also look at how the UK might do better in these areas, giving food for thought to policy makers and campaigners. Some authors also suggest ways that the FSI itself could be strengthened.

The articles reflect the views of the authors rather than the Food Ethics Council, and are a ‘starter for 10’ in discussions about how to make a robust index that will encourage the UK to take meaningful steps towards a sustainable food system.

We believe that indexes have the power to create real and lasting change in our food systems. The Food Ethics Council’s work on unleashing the power of indexes – kindly funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation – will further strengthen the metrics in existing food indexes, and shine a spotlight on the results to put pressure on the UK Government and Devolved Administrations for the policy changes that are so urgently needed.

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