Food for the Planet

Eco Communities has registered to support the Food for the Planet campaign. The project is helping local authorities, businesses and organisations take simple actions to tackle the climate and nature emergency through food. We are looking to encourage businesses to act.

Food and the Climate and Nature Emergency

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. Additionally, a third of the food we produce goes to waste. Improving the food, farming and fishing system is therefore one of the essential and large-scale ways to help avert climate change and restore nature.

Meat and dairy represent the biggest share of emissions from food and we need businesses to commit to less and better. Your food business can reduce the climate and nature impact of the food you serve or sell while supporting our local economy and promoting the health of your customers. See Food for the Planet FAQs – LINK

The Planet Pledge for Business invites you to choose from a menu of commitments to ensure the food you serve or sell is freshly prepared, local and seasonal and contributes to the local economy. You can download the Planet Pledge as a PDF. Register to sign the Planet Pledge and commit to serve more plants, better meat and freshly prepared food from ingredients sourced locally and fairly.

To sign up, you are asked to select the two mandatory and four voluntary commitments. You are asked to complete the pledge fully by 2025, but take one significant action now, before signing, to get you on track. You might be doing some of this already, for example paying the Living Wage or selling verifiably sustainable fish.

If you are a plant-based restaurant or setting – you already meet the 2 mandatory commitments, all you have to do is select 4 optional commitments.


Published by plasticfreenorthener

I’m a partner and Ethical Financial Adviser, I’m Director of Eco Community UK Community Interest Company which I set up to help individuals and businesses be more sustainable.

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