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Crowds shopping at Borough market, south London. Attribution: Andy F

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This article focuses on information specific to United Kingdom. Please see our Food activism page for a topic overview.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks[edit | edit source]

The Landworkers' Alliance are a UK-based union of farmers, growers, foresters and land-based workers founded in 2015 who work together to campaign for better food and land-use systems.

They also work internationally on topics such as food sovereignty through membership of Via Campesina, the International Peasant’s Movement, which represents over 200 million peasants, farmers and land-based workers through 182 member organisations.

They launched a manifesto for tacking rural inequality at the Oxford Real Farming Conference in 2016, and are twinned to US based Farm Hack to bring their model of supporting new farmers to the UK.

Apps for sustainability[edit | edit source]

  • Landshare, high-profile national garden sharing project in England, spearheaded by celebrity chef and TV personality Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, in conjunction with public-service broadcaster Channel 4. Growers, landowners and volunteers can, at no charge, register their interest in participating in a share in their area. There are over 55,000 members. Although this is a number that have registered since 2009 when the social enterprise was first publicized widely, since then its activity has decreased. W
  • LandSpot, mapping derelict land across the UK that could be put to growing use
  • LetsGrow, helping to get your council take your request for an allotment seriously!

Funding community action[edit | edit source]


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Daylesford Foundation

How to's[edit | edit source]

Maps for community action[edit | edit source]

Policies[edit | edit source]

A People's Food Policy[edit | edit source]

Article series: A People's Food Policy

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A comprehensive proposal for a more just and sustainable food system in England[1]

A ground-breaking manifesto outlining a people's vision of food and farming in England that is supported by over 80 food and farming organizations. The report draws on 18 months of extensive, nation-wide consultations with grassroots organizations, NGOs, trade unions, community projects, small businesses and individuals. It has resulted in a set of policy proposals and a vision for change that is rooted in the lived experiences and needs of people most affected by the failures in the current food system.

A People's Food Policy is an extensive report, extending to 100 pages across 9 thematic chapters covering governance, food production, health, land, labour, environment, knowledge and skills, trade and finance - each with an in depth analysis and policy proposals for transforming the food system in England. June, 2017

Other references[edit | edit source]

Research[edit | edit source]


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Innovative Farmers, "network of farmers and growers who are running on-farm trials, on their own terms."


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Agroforestry Research Trust

Rethinking Britain's Food Security - Soil Association, pdf, 2008

Video for community action[edit | edit source]


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More Video:

Gleaning Network UK on Vimeo

The Big Lunch 2013 (longer version) on youtube

Local Food Roots, a film celebrating the local food movement in the UK, 35 minutes

Everyday Growing Futures (13 minutes, 2013) on youtube

Tim Lang & Andrew Simms in Conversation, on youtube, 2009

Other resources[edit | edit source]


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Food security[edit | edit source]

FoodCycle, Community Meals
Authors: FoodCycle, Sep 28, 2021

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FoodCycle is a UK charity that rescues surplus food that would otherwise be wasted and uses these ingredients to create healthy three-course meals for vulnerable people in the community, people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. The organization is headquartered in London and has operations throughout the United Kingdom W

Child food poverty[edit | edit source]

Community allotment[edit | edit source]

see for example About Southend in Transition community alloment

Community farms[edit | edit source]

Community Food enterprises[edit | edit source]

Growing for change: creating good livelihoods for a better food system, A guide for community food enterprises

Education[edit | edit source]

Local food[edit | edit source]

  • Resources from Making Local Food Work, a BIG Lottery project which ended in 2013

Personal options[edit | edit source]

How to Farm Regeneratively at Home, Feb 23, 2021,

News and comment[edit | edit source]

See separate article: Food UK news

Events[edit | edit source]



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August 10 - 16 National Allotments Week

June 7 The Big Lunch

March 21 The Big Dig

Sustain's website includes an online Food Calendar

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

local information can be found, or shared, via our many UK location pages

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External links[edit | edit source]

  • Refugee Community Kitchen, serves hot, nourishing meals to displaced people in the UK and France, added 16:22, 13 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Veg School Meals UK, Towards a self-sufficient school for every child, added 10:28, 10 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Food bank W, Food waste in the United Kingdom W
  • Food Citizenship, added 19:11, 17 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Cooperation Town, new (Jan 2020) project set to establish a series of food co-ops on housing estates and community centres across Britain.
  • Abundance Network, a group of volunteers passing on information and support between some of the fruit harvesting groups across the UK
  • The Climate-Friendly Gardener
  • FareShare, fighting hunger, tackling food waste.
FareShare is an award-winning charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK. It does this by rescuing good quality surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste and sending it to over 700 charity and community projects across the United Kingdom.
FareShare only redistributes food inside its best before and use by date; in 2012 they rescued 3,600 tonnes of food which would have otherwise gone to landfill. FareShare works with all sectors of the supply chain; producers, manufacturers and retailers. All of the major UK food retailers have encouraged their suppliers to work with FareShare to minimise food waste. FareShare has also run two successful food drives with both Sainsbury's and Tesco.
FareShare contributed towards more than 8.6 million meals in 2012, which equates to feeding 36,500 people a day. This food is delivered to a broad range of grass root organizations all across the UK including homeless shelters, day centres, women's refuge centres and children's breakfast clubs. W

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  • The Food Assembly's Blog, The Food Assembly on Social Tech Guide
  • Food For All, "...registered charity based in London (also in other parts of the UK), which distributes over 1,000, spiritually enriched nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals, to different groups of people, including the homeless, disadvantaged, financially challenged and the 'needy' on a daily basis, for free!"
  • Gleaning Network UK
  • Helping Britain Blossom, information about community orchards
  • Pesticide Action Network UK
  • Reclaim the Fields
  • Soil Association, charity based in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1946, it has over 27,000 members today. Its activities include campaign work on issues including opposition to intensive farming, support for local purchasing and public education on nutrition; as well the certification of organic food. It developed the world's first organic certification system in 1967 – standards which have since widened to encompass agriculture, aquaculture, ethical trade, food processing, forestry, health & beauty, horticulture and textiles. Today it certifies over 80% of organic produce in the UK. W
  • Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming
  • The Orchard Project, added 16:42, 24 May 2021 (UTC)

Food growing

Food insecurity

  • Food Foundation, charity working to influence food policy and business practice, shaping a sustainable food system which makes healthy diets affordable and accessible for all. "We work in partnership with researchers, campaigners, community bodies, industry, investors, government, and citizens to galvanize the UK's diverse agents of change, using surprising and inventive ideas to drive fundamental shifts in our food system. These efforts are based on the continual re-evaluation of opportunities for action, building and synthesizing strong evidence, convening powerful coalitions, harnessing citizens' voices, and delivering impactful communications."[3]

Local food


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  2., ref checked 18:59, 25 October 2021 (UTC)
  3. Jan 14, 2021
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