What is sustainable food?

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There is no legal definition of 'sustainable food,' although some aspects, such as the terms organic or Fairtrade, are clearly defined.

Our working definition for good food is that it should be produced, processed, distributed and disposed of in ways that:

  • Contribute to thriving local economies and sustainable livelihoods – both in the UK and, in the case of imported products, in producer countries;
  • Protect the diversity of both plants and animals and the welfare of farmed and wild species,
  • Avoid damaging or wasting natural resources or contributing to climate change;
  • Provide social benefits, such as good quality food, safe and healthy products, and educational opportunities.

 

Good food

What we mean by good food can be summed up by our seven principles:

1) Aiming to be waste-free

Reducing food waste (and packaging) saves the energy, effort and natural resources used to produce an

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