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People's Food Policy launched

A set of proposals to revolutionise food and farming, for the benefit of producers, consumers and the environment, has been produced by an alliance supported by Sustain and several of our member organisations.

For the past 50 years, food and farming policy has been designed to support maximum, 'efficient' agricultural production -- at the expense of livelihoods, skills, landscapes, biodiversity, climate, soil and water. Recognising that these costs are too high, the People's Food Policy proposes an alternative vision and plan.
 
The policy is described by its authors as 'a ground-breaking manifesto', and was hailed as 'important and welcome' by  Olivier de Schutter, co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food). It is supported by more than 80 food and farming organisations, and draws on 18 months of extensive, nation-wide consultations with grassroots organisations, NGOs, trade unions, community projects, small businesses and individuals. The resulting set of policy proposals is rooted in the lived experiences and needs of people most affected by the failures in the current food system.
 
Read the People's Food Policy here. The Sustain alliance campaigns for greener, fairer and healthier food systems -- find out more about our activities and support us here.
 

Published 30 Jun 2017

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