Towards ecologically and socially resilient food systems
This report from the UK’s Triodos Bank calls for a radical overhaul of the food system with a focus on environmental sustainability, healthy diets, and fair pay for farmers.
Specific recommendations of the report include:
- A reduction in food waste
- A move towards ‘circular economy’ solutions
- A reduction in reliance on fossil fuels
- A move towards an 80 percent plant-based and 20 percent animal-based diet
- A focus on locally and sustainably produced foods
- Pricing structures that reflect the true cost of food
- Fairer distribution of prosperity
- Governmental support for farmers shifting away from intensive farming
Read the full report, Towards ecologically and socially resilient food and agriculture systems: Triodos Bank’s vision paper on food and agriculture systems, June 2019, here. See also the Foodsource chapter Impacts of climatic and environmental change on food systems.
Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.