Fix the Food System

Our new food campaign is urging the UK government to keep the promises it made at the COP26 climate talks last year and support agricultural systems that tackle the climate crisis as well as putting local communities first.

Our global food system is broken

A few giant corporations put profits before people, and millions of small farmers who grow our food are kept in poverty. This system is bad for the climate too: the way we produce food is responsible for a third of all harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

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In addition, climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic and the rising prices of food and agricultural products such as fertilisers as a result of the Ukraine crisis, have together revealed the fragility of our current global food system.

At a time of crisis these impacts are mostly felt in low-income countries, but they also have serious repercussions at home, where earlier this year it was reported that 9% of the UK population didn’t have enough affordable and nutritious food in spite of living in the fifth-largest economy in the world.

Clearly, our current global food system is not working for both people and planet. But together we can play our part in re-thinking it, and challenging the imbalance of power so that it works for everyone.

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Is there any good news?

Yes - alternatives to the current food system already exist. Small farmers like Suchitra in Bangladesh are growing food in ways that provide a decent income for their families, help local economies and are good for the climate.

Our food system can be transformed if more small farmers are better supported. But the UK government gives the majority of its support to big businesses.

Will you email the Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, today? The UK government must implement its COP26 commitments and support agricultural systems that put local communities first and protect the planet.  

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Organic farming in Bangladesh
A woman kneeling down behind some crops

Suchitra, a farmer from Bangladesh

“Before I had training in organic farming we planted crops here, but we didn’t get anything good, and every time a climate event happened we would lose it all. We could only eat vegetables we grew in three months of the year. Now, we eat them all year round. We don’t buy anything from the bazaar anymore. We’re eating ridge gourd, plantain, spinach - and all from our own plants and fields.

"All the other stuff we need is homemade now too, like worm compost. We don’t use chemicals to kill insects on our plants anymore. When I take my stuff to the bazaar, even if I charge a bit more, people buy my goods first, because they know it is good and I use organic fertiliser.”

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