8 June 2012

About the UK Food Group

Hunger in our world today is the result of injustice, not scarcity. In a world of plenty, where more than enough food is produced to feed everyone, it is outrageous that almost a billion people still live in constant hunger. Women are especially hard hit.

Solutions lie in participatory democratic governance of our food system, challenging unbalanced corporate power, and in sustainable agro-ecological methods of production.

Who are we?

The UK Food Group is a network of around 50 development, environment, farmer and academic organisations in the UK working on global food and agriculture issues. The diversity of our membership gives us a unique and holistic perspective on food and agriculture issues.

The network is overseen by a Management Committee drawn from the membership.

The UK Food Group is an independent network hosted within
Compassion in World Farming (Charity No. 1095050, England).

Our vision

Our vision is a world with a fair and sustainable food system that can end hunger, restore the environment and improve social justice.

Our approach

The UK Food Group works to strengthen advocacy in the UK, the EU, the UN and other international bodies for a global food system that can achieve our vision.

We are in solidarity with the networks of those most vulnerable to hunger, including movements of small-scale farmers, herders and fishers in the global South. We support their right to be part of decision making in the global food system at all levels.

We always try to identify the underlying causes of problems in the global food system.

We want to let everyone know about the many great examples of sustainable and fair approaches to agriculture and local food systems that exist, and we will also speak out against unjust and environmentally reckless approaches to food and agriculture.

History

The UK Food Group was founded in 1986, sparked particularly from debate around the EU Common Agricultural Policy.