Submission to Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment

The Food Foundation, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and SHEFS written submission to the House of Lords Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment

Submission to Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment

Plating Up Progress Part 2

Retailers, Caterers and restaurants aren’t reporting on their transition to healthy and sustainable diets. Why does this matter for investors and what can they do about it?

Plating Up Progress Part 2: Must-Have Metrics is a new investor briefing developed by the Food Climate Research Network at the University of Oxford and independent think tank the Food Foundation. The report demonstrates that investors can identify opportunities and avoid risks by understanding how far food businesses are prepared for the transition to sustainable and healthy food, and put forwards the necessary metrics for assessing progress.

Plating Up Progress Part 2

Plating Up Progress

Plating Up Progress (a Food Climate Research Network (University of Oxford) and Food Foundation project) has released a new investor briefing, Plating Up Progress Part 1, which looks at the sustainability risks and opportunities that exist for food retailers, caterers and restaurants.

Find more information on the webinars or interest to the event here.


Plating Up Progress Part 1

Children’s Future Food Inquiry final report


The Children’s Future Food Inquiry is the first attempt to directly and systematically seek the views of children and young people living in poverty across the UK. The project’s final report pulls together direct input from hundreds of young people, the front line staff, academics and experts.

Children's Future Food Inquiry final report #Right2Food Charter

The Broken Plate Report


Ten vital signs revealing the health of our food system, its impact on our lives and the remedies we must pursue.

Broken Plate Report

Annual Report 2018


This is our third annual report, where we give an update on what we have achieved this year and our strategy moving forward

Annual Report

Healthy Returns: Opportunities for market-based solutions to childhood obesity


This report, produced for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and Big Society Capital, finds that food producers and retailers can play a vital role in tackling childhood obesity by addressing the unmet need of healthy, affordable food options for low income families.

Healthy Returns: Opportunities for market-based solutions to childhood obesity Healthy Returns roundtable slides

Parliamentary briefing on the Agriculture Bill

Parliamentary briefing on the Agriculture Bill

2018 Peas Please progress report


Our first progress report, explaining what’s been achieved over the first year of Peas Please.  Packed full of case studies from our pledgers and insight into how we help everyone eat more veg.

Peas Please progress report 2018

Affordability of the UK’s Eatwell Guide


This report compares the cost of the Eatwell Guide with disposable income to estimate the proportion of income which would need to be allocated to food to afford the Eatwell Guide.

Affordability of the Eatwell Guide Affordability Infographic Wales Affordability Infographic Scotland Affordability Infographic Northern Ireland Affordability Infographic UK

Food Foundation response to DEFRA’s Health and Harmony consultation


Food Foundation Response to DEFRA’s consultation on “Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit”

FF Health and Harmony Response

Fruit and Vegetable Alliance Submission to DEFRA’s Health and Harmony Consultation


Fruit and Vegetable Alliance Joint Response to “Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit”

F&V Alliance Submission

Food Foundation submission to EFRA Select Committee Inquiry on Health and Harmony


Food Foundation response to the EFRA Select Committee’s Inquiry on DEFRA’s Consultation Paper “Health and Harmony”

Inquiry response

Food Foundation response to Health Select Committee Inquiry on Childhood Obesity


Written Evidence Submitted by the Food Foundation to the Health and Social Care Committee’s Inquiry on Childhood Obesity

Child Obesity Inquiry

Response to Scottish Government Consultation


Food Foundation response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on their draft overweight and obesity plan: ‘A healthier future – action and ambitions on diet, activity and healthy weight’

Scottish Govt Consultation Response

Annual Report 2017


This is our second annual report, where we give an update on what we have achieved this year and our strategy moving forward.

annual report

Eating Better for Less


This report looks at ways in which we can incentivise fruit and veg consumption with price discounts at point of sale, drawing on examples from the USA.

Eating Better for Less

Farming for 5-A-Day


This report asseses the impact of different Brexit scenarios on our ability to afford our 5-A Day.  It highlights the huge opportunity for government to create a new Agriculture Bill that supports British farmers and our heatlh.

Farming for 5-A-Day: Breakfast Bounty or Dietary Disaster

Food Environment Policy Briefing: Infographic


This infographic provides an overview of the Food Environment Policy Index at a glance.

Food Environment Policy Index: Policy Briefing


This briefing provides a summary of the results of the Food Environment Policy Index in England.

Household Food Insecurity: the missing data


This policy briefing highlights the need for national household food insecurity measurement and looks at examples from Canada and the USA.

Veg Facts


Veg Facts is packed full of stats about veg consumption and production in the UK. It sets out the challenge for our Peas Please project which aims to tackle the supply side barriers to veg consumption.

Veg Facts

Measuring household food insecurity in the UK and why we must do it

Food Foundation, Sustain and Oxford University policy briefing on the case for national measurement of household food insecurity.

Policy Briefing

The Sustainable Development Goals in the UK inquiry


Food Foundation’s written submission to the Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into the domestic implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Written submission

Annual Report 2016


This is our first annual report, where we report on our activities in our first year. It currently includes some preliminary statistics which will be updated in September 2016 following the end of our financial year.

annual report

Submission to CAP


Submission to CAP consultation on food and drink advertising to children


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Food Environment Policy Index: Evidence Paper


Update:  We have now validated the EPI Evidence Paper with Government officials and presented it to Academic Experts and Civil Society at an Expert Consultationbased on the INFORMAS methodology


The Food Foundation is in the process of developing the Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI). The Healthy Food Environment Policy Index aims to track the progress that governments have made towards good practice in improving food environments and nutrition. It identifies critical gaps in policies and infrastructure, provides a means of benchmarking against international best practice, and tracks progress over time.

Download the final evidence paper

#MakeRioCount: Nutrition for Growth Commitment


The Food Foundation, supported by World Cancer Research Fund International, Sustain, Church Action on Poverty and First Steps Nutrition worked, in collaboration, to define food and nutrition security priorities for the UK.  The result of this work is shown in the attached report, which proposes two commitments that the UK government should make, in addition to its international development commitments, at the forthcoming Rio Nutrition 4 Growth summit.  These commitments were presented to Parliamentarians, Government and NGO’s at an event in Parliament on the 13th April at which Ministers from the Department of Health and Department for International Development spoke, along with Olympian James Cracknell OBE.

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Food and the EU Referendum


The Food Foundation co-convened an event in Parliamenton the 25th April on the implications of leaving or remaining in the European Union on UK food policy following the EU Referendum on the 23rd June.  This policy briefing summarises the debate between Prof Tim Lang, Prof Wyn Grant and Prof Fiona Smith, and Kerry McCarthy MP and Raymond Finch MEP as they discussed the food policy implications for both outcomes.  It also draws on two papers produced on the topic by the speakers and referenced at the end.  This paper attempts to address the key issues which voters will care about.

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Too Poor to Eat


A review of new UN data by the Food Foundation and Oxford University shows that the number of people who are food insecure in the UK goes far beyond those using charitable food assistance such as foodbanks.   This policy briefing shows just how many people in the UK are struggling to put food on the table and calls on Government to urgently instate regular measurement of food insecurity, which was last measured over ten years ago.

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Time to Count the Hungry


In January 2016 The Food Foundation co-hosted aworkshop with the Food Research Collaboration, Sustain, Oxfam, and the Sociology Department of Oxford University, to look at the issue of measuring household food insecurity in the UK.  The workshop was attended by relevant academics and civil society organisations and it reviewed existing methods of measurement used by other countries and the UN and current activity around the UK.

The result of that workshop was Time to Count the Hungry, a report that highlights the need and benefit to use a standard measure of household food insecurity and suggests two possible formats.  Without measurement and full understanding of the problem, effective action cannot be taken.

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The Food Foundation publishes Force Fed, which shows how difficult it is for typical British families to eat a healthy diet and calls for concerted government action to incentivise the food system to make healthy eating easier.

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