Reports Climate Change and Nature

Every mouthful counts: Toolkit

Simple actions for Local Authorities to tackle the climate and nature emergency through food.


The food system contributes about 30% to global greenhouse gas emissions – more than transport or energy - and industrial farming is the leading cause of the decline of wildlife in the UK, antibiotic resistance and zoonotic diseases.

This toolkit lists key steps local authorities can take to help achieve their net-zero commitments by tackling their food footprint, whilst benefiting health, improving access to nature and creating good jobs locally.

Where available, emissions savings data are plotted against actions, to help demonstrate the great potential for taking action on food.

This is a pdf version of thr toolkit. A new, interactive version is now available on the Food For The Planet website.

Go to the interactive toolkit


Every mouthful counts: Toolkit
17pp - 2021 | 675Kb


Published Monday 16 August 2021

Climate Change and Nature: Sustain has taken a keen interest in the rapidly accumulating evidence about the effect of food and farming on climate change and nature, as scientific evidence emerges that our food system is a very significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss.

17pp - 2021


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