We must improve our production, increasing efficiency, to prevent continued habitat conversion and reduce the threat of water scarcity, climate change and natural disasters
Food production is the main cause of deforestation and habitat destruction
Building a more productive future
And it means taking integrated planning approaches, bringing together communities, companies and governments, to make the most of our major landscapes.
Working with stakeholders across the food system to improve sustainable practices, restore degraded land and develop landscape-based approaches will ease the strain on nature. Improving traceability to increase transparency and accountability will also help, as will tackling the make-up of animal feed, because it’s not the just the food we grow for ourselves, but also the food animals eat, which impacts the planet.
What we're doing
In the coming decade, we want to see at least half of the area used for agriculture and aquaculture being sustainably managed, with no new areas being converted.
- Know where your food is from – ask grocers, butchers and fishmongers how they source their products
- Support businesses who are transparent about their ingredients and where they are from
- If a company refuses to use sustainable ingredients, think about buying a different brand!
- If you’re eating fish or meat, try to understand what the animal was fed – you are what you eat!
- Buy food which has been certified sustainable
- Support small and local farmers – and make sure you’re paying a fair price