Food & Agriculture

Food, agriculture and the climate crisis are inextricably linked. In fact agriculture reportedly represents a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and is the leading cause of deforestation around the world. Evidently things can’t go on like this, but the world also needs to eat. So what’s the answer?

Realistically what’s needed is a combination of approaches including changes to our diet, food waste reduction and a move to less intensive farming. Yet a growing population and a steep increase in meat consumption (among other things) complicates things.

Fortunately there are organisations and forward thinking farmers out there fighting for positive change in the form of regenerative agriculture, sustainable fishing and the development of ‘cultivated meat’. As consumers we have an opportunity to support this movement through the food we buy. But we can also fast-forward progress by financially getting behind the organisations leading the way in sustainable food production.

2 Selected Charities

Tythe supports these Food & Agriculture charities, selected by analysts at Giving is Great because of their high impact.

Sustainable Food Trust

Sustainable Food Trust

·Global
sustainablefoodtrust.org

Modern food production and farming has a monumental part to play in the worsening climate crisis. But it also has the potential to reverse climate change, transform the health of our people and our planet. The Sustainable Food Trust has been shouting about this since 2011 and as a result have made strides towards creating a fairer, more sustainable food system.

Until recently, organic farming, regenerative agriculture and the concept of soil health were considered fairly ‘out-there’. But thanks in part to the Sustainable Food Trust, these ideas are gaining momentum. Through global education projects, campaigns and scientific reports, SFT have been able to promote positive practices such as the use of local abattoirs, restoring soil health and ‘true cost accounting’ which looks at the hidden costs (not just monetary costs) of food production.

Why we think they’re great

We’re really behind SFT’s belief that policymakers and businesses will be empowered to act when there is sufficient pressure from informed public opinion. That’s why they take a multi-pronged approach, not only targeting senior policymakers, but also working with consumer groups and individuals to influence the status quo.

Further Reading
Good Food Institute

Good Food Institute

·US
gfi.org

It’s well reported that going vegan is the single best thing you can do for the environment. But despite veganism being on the rise, livestock farming is still the leading reason for deforestation around the world and shockingly represents 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

The Good Food Institute are hell bent on making ‘cultivated meat’ (made from plants or cultivated from cells), the primary protein consumed worldwide. With animal-free meat, they’re adamant they can mitigate climate change, prevent environmental degradation, combat the rise of antibiotic resistance and ultimately feed more people with fewer resources.

Why we think they’re great

Plenty of food companies have jumped on board the plant-based bandwagon recognising its commercial viability. But within the private sector, profits are often put before ethics and as a result, plant-based doesn’t always mean more environmentally friendly. In contrast, The Good Food Institute is a not-for-profit truly dedicated to fighting the climate crisis. They make their research, data and insights open-access, meaning they’re accelerating the industry at a rate the private sector can’t.

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