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The UK’s food campaign groups publish numerous high-quality reports on many aspects of the food system. No researcher or policy-maker can afford to ignore this wealth of specialist information – but they might have trouble finding it because it is not collated and indexed in the way academic papers are.

To fill this gap, we have created this unique searchable database, which brings together reports on key topics from the UK’s leading food campaign groups. From affordability to pesticides, agroecology to animal welfare, this webpage enables users to search for relevant reports by topic or by organisation – just enter the term in the search box.

We will update the webpage on a monthly basis. If you would like us to include your organisation’s reports, please contact us here.

SourceTitleSummary NoteAuthor(s)Date of PublicationDocument TypeCollaborationsLinkFront cover
Consumers InternationalConsumers and the climate crisis: the key to unlocking behaviour changeEnvironment/climateThis document is a synthesis of actions and ideas from Consumer International's membership of over 200 consumer advocacy organisations, detailing how consumers need to change behaviours to address the climate crisis.-Nov 2021Document-Download Paper I made a change to the Summary Note.
Consumers InternationalPromoting healthy and sustainable diets in South AsiaNutrition: healthy eating, Sustainable diet Six South Asian citizen and consumer groups collaborated to produce a set of cross-cutting recommendatioons for promoting healthy and sustainable diets ahead of the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit-Aug 2021ReportResolve to Save LivesDownload Paper I made a change to the Summary Note.
Consumers InternationalHow consumer organisations can contribute to Sustainable Food SystemsSustainable diet, Sustainable farmingThis report aims to generate conversations amongst Consumer International members and stakeholders and to ask how consumer groups can best contribute to creating fairer, safer and more sustainable food systems.-Nov 2019Report-Download Paper I made a change to the Summary Note.
CPRE, The Countryside CharityBuilding on our food securityLand use, Food security, HorticultureThis report examines land use in the UK in the context of addressing and adapting to climate change and the need to deliver significant levels of domestic food production.-July 2022Report-Download Paper
Eating BetterServing Better: every meal counts in a climate and nature emergencyEnvironment/climate, Sustainable dietThis guide shows how local authorities can address the climate and nature emergencies and improve public health by promoting sustainable diets through the food they serve.-Oct 2021Report - Download Paper I made a change to the Summary Note.ACTION: Picture in Column J may need to be resized? ARA:The aspect ratio of the this image differs from the rest. Only optiion to inculde contents page?
Eating BetterPublic sector caterers' progress towards serving less and better meatSustainable dietThis report examines the progress made by public sector caterers in achieving a 20% reduction in meat and increasing the volumes of plant-based food that they serve.-May 2021ReportPlant Based Week, Public Sector CateringDownload Paper Unsure whether to link to this exisitng page or to this report: Lindy to advise? ARA: I changed it to the report only because she mentioned 'if it is directly avaiable'
Eating BetterLess and Better Takes OffSustainable dietThis impact report assesses the progress of Eating Better's campaign for sustainable diets with less and better meat and dairy between July 2017 and June 2018.-Feb 2019Report- Download Paper I changed the Summary Note and changed the link to the full report
FeedbackWorld's largest meat company, JBS, increases emissions by 51% in five years despite 2040 net zero target, continues to greenwash its huge climate footprintEnvironment/climate, Net-zeroThis media briefing scrutinises the sustainability claims and activities of JBS, the world's largest meat producer. It argues that the company could be misleading investors and the public.-Apr 2022Media Briefing-Download Paper Changed the title, changed Column G to 'Media Briefing' and changed the description in column D
FeedbackTowards an inclusive, low-carbon food surplus sector: Recommendations for UK policymakersEnvironment/climateThis policy brief presents seven policy recommendations in order to prevent surplus food from being produced, and to support the food surplus sector to effectively redistrbute unavoidable food waste.-Mar 2022Briefing Paper- Download Paper Changed the title and rewrite the Description so it is clear that it is a set of policy recommendations.
FeedbackMaximising sustainable nutrient production from coupled fisheries-aquaculture systemsSustainable dietThis research article examines three alternative production scenarios to show that reducing marine feeds in salmon production and allocating wild-caught feed fish for human consumption could produce more nutritious seafood and leave 66–82% of feed fish in the sea.David F. Willer,James P.W. Robinson,Grace T. Patterson,Karen LuyckxMar 2022Peer Reviewed Journal article-Download Paper Updated Document TypeWe need to review if this is really a Feedback paper? ARA: Sure, the URL contains 'Feedback' as I obtained it from their website.
FeedbackPublic procurement - Call for evidenceNet-zeroThis paper presents evidence for public procurement as a solution for mitigating the food system's emissions, suggesting more plant-based options and shorter supply chains to reduce food waste.-Mar 2021Briefing Paper-Download Paper - reworded summary for accuracy
FeedbackEvidence and recommendations to Committee on Climate ChangeEnvironment/climate In this paper, Feedback suggests a more ambitious scenario to be analysed through the CCC's food wastage reduction model.-May 2020Briefing Paper-Download Paper reworded summary for accuracy
FeedbackDemanding action: Why food policy must deliver sustainable diets, shorter supply chains and prevent food wasteShort supply chainsAccording to this paper, global greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced, more land can be made available and human health can improve when changes are made to the demand-side of the food system.-Aug 2019Briefing Paper-Download Paper Summary slightly re-worded
First Steps Nutrition TrustEnabling children to be a healthy weight: What we need to do better in the first 1,000 daysNutrition: children's diet and healthThis report focuses on overweight and obesity from conception (and before) to 2 years old and presents recommendations on measures that can be taken to improve diets and feeding practices. Dr Vicky Sibson,Dr Helen Crawley May 2021Report-Download Paper
First Steps Nutrition TrustWhy Government should end online infant formula marketing to protect children from overweightNutrition: children's diet and healthThis report finds that online marketing of infant milks targets young women, provides no beneficial information and undermines messages from health professionals. It recommends that online marketing of all infant milks marketed for children under 3 years of age should be totally restricted in the UK at the same time as a total online marketing restriction for high fat, salt and sugar foods.Natalie Hickman,Susan Westland,Dr Helen CrawleyDec 2020Report-Download Paper
First Steps Nutrition TrustThe bacterial contamination of powdered infant formula: What are the risks and do we need to review current instructions on safe preparation? Nutrition: children's diet and healthThis report examines key risks associated with the use of powdered infant milks (PIF), highlights new data suggesting that global guidance may need to be revisited, summarises current guidance on the safe preparation of PIF, and presents ten practical and policy recommendations.Dr Helen Crawley,Susan Westland,Dr Vicky SibsonAug 2020ReportDownload Paper
First Steps Nutrition TrustSweet enough already? Artificial sweeteners in the diets of young children in the UKNutrition: children's diet and healthThis paper analyses the extent to which young children in the UK are exposed to sweeteners, and sets out eight recommendations which promote a precautionary approach to limit the intake of artificial sweeteners by pregnant and breastfeeding women and by infants and young children.Dr Vicky Sibson,Dr Helen CrawleyNov 2019Report-Download Paper
First Steps Nutrition TrustProcessed dried fruit snacks for young children: A review of processed dried fruit snacks marketed for young children in the UKNutrition: children's diet and healthProcessed dried fruit snacks aimed at young children are made from fruit juices and purées and the sugar in them is classified as free sugar. This paper examines how marketing these products as one of a child’s ‘five a day’ and as a ‘healthy choice’ is misleading to families, and calls for clearer, traffic-light labelling on the front of pack.Rosa Sparks,Dr Helen Crawley2018Report-Download Paper
First Steps Nutrition TrustThe UK Healthy Start scheme: What happened? What next?Nutrition: children's diet and healthThis report summarises the development of the Healthy Start scheme in the UK, looks at why a welfare food scheme is important, and analyses what has happened since the Healthy Start scheme was introduced in 2006.Dr Helen Crawley,Rosie Dodds2018Report-Download Paper
Food, Farming and Countryside Commission (FFCC)Farming for change: Charting a course that works for allAgroecologyA paper that discusses the benefits of a transition to agroecology including reduction in emissions and improvements in biodiversity. The paper describes the modelling framework used for the characterisation of three agrarian regions in the UK, and outlines the assumptions made about diet change and agroecological production patterns to recreate the UK food system.Xavier Poux (AScA-IDDRI),Michele Schiavo (IDDRI),Pierre-Marie Aubert (IDDRI)Nov 2021Briefing paper + Journal article-Download Paper
Landworkers' AllianceVocal for local: Why regional food systems are the futureLocal food, Food supply chainsThis report highlights market failures in six critical areas and provides solutions to the market flaws of the UK supermarket supply chain.Isabella Thompson,Rebecca Laughton,Tony LittleJul 2021Report-Download Paper added the full title in Column B
Landworkers' AllianceA vision for positive trade: Building global food sovereignty through trade of food and agricultural productsTradeThis paper argues that businesses must play a significant part in taking ownership of their supply networks. Furthermore, it argues that trade agreements and incentives shouldn't be the exclusive means of modifying the impact of UK agricultural trade.-Feb 2021Briefing Paper-Download Paper added the full title in Column B
Landworkers' AllianceDirect sales & short supply chains: Bringing the market back into farmers handsShort supply chainsThis report discusses producers' margin and market security through direct contacts with consumers. -Sept 2020Briefing paperFriends Provident FoundationDownload Paper - adjusted summaryAS: added the full title in Column B
Landworkers' AlliancePlanning reform to create sustainable farming livelihoods in the countrysideSustainable dietThe planning system in England is currently severely impeding the expansion of agroecological farming. This briefing paper outlines seven policy improvements and provides an introduction to ecological farming for planning officials, with a focus on small-scale mixed farms.-Aug 2020Briefing Paper-Download Paper added the full title in Column B
Landworkers' AllianceFood, farming and the climate crisis: How we can feed people and cool the planetEnvironment/climateThis paper reflects on the increasing negative effects of climate change and on solutions to reduce emissions and feed people in an ever-changing climate.-Oct 2019Briefing Paper-Download Paper added the full title in Column B
Nature Friendly Farming NetworkRe-think food: The need for changeFood security, FarmingThis report recommends that farm payment schemes should support farmers in creating greater ecological and agricultural diversity, including through wider choices of crops and livestock breeds, to help farms manage natural and economic shocks with less reliance on inputs.-Jul 2022Report-Download Paper
Nature Friendly Farming NetworkFarming for climate action: What are we waiting for?Environment/climate, FarmingThis paper discusses the urgency of taking meaningful action against climate change and the impacts of global warming on agriculture.-Jan 2022Briefing paper-Download Paper added the full title in Column BACTION: Picture in Column J may need to be resized? ARA:The aspect ratio of the this image differs from the rest.
Nature Friendly Farming NetworkRethink farming: A practical guide for farming, nature & climateEnvironment/climate, FarmingThis paper highlights the importance of nature-friendly farming and how it can imporve soil health and manage carbon emissions.-Dec 2021Briefing Paper-Download Paper added the full title in Column BACTION: Picture in Column J may need to be resized? ARA:The aspect ratio of the this image differs from the rest..
Nature Friendly Farming NetworkFeeding the nation: How nature friendly farmers are responding to Covid-19Covid-19In this paper, the impacts of Covid-19 on farming are highlighted and farmers are interviewed on how they feel they can be best supported.-Apr 2020Briefing Paper-Download Paper - reworded summary for accuracyACTION: Picture in Column J may need to be resized? ARA:The aspect ratio of the this image differs from the rest.
Plunkett FoundationPlunkett's vision for a Covid-19 rural recoveryCovid-19This document discusses Plunkett's vision and their responses to the consultations that have an impact on national investment in rural communities, in the immediate aftermath of COVID-19.-July 2020Document-Download Paper - adjusted summaryAS: Changed column A and COlumn B slightly
Soil AssociationTrees and woodland in the farmed landscape: A farmer-led approach towards a diverse, resilient and vibrant agroforestry and farm woodland economy for EnglandEnvironment/climateIn this paper, the potential for farming systems integration with agroforestry/ farm woodland to enhance ecosystem services, water quality, landscape amenity value and the UK food production is discussed.-Apr 2022Briefing Paper-Download Paper
Soil AssociationRegenerate now: achieving a transition to agroecology and sustainable dietsAgroecology, Environment/climate, Sustainable dietThis report examines what progress has been made in the UK to transition to agroecology and sustainable land-use and to transition to healthy and sustainable diets.-2021Report-Download Paper reworded the summary for accuracy
Soil AssociationSaving our soils: Healthy soils for our climate, nature and healthEnvironment/climate, Nutrition: healthy eatingSoil degradation in the UK is a major problem that needs to be addressed and will require changes to the agricultural system as well as key actions from farmers and policy makers. This report presents 7 suggestions of how to restore damaged soils and calls for National Soil Strategies to achieve this goal. Louise Payton2021Report-Download Paper reworded the summary for accuracy
Soil AssociationAgroEcoTech: How can technology accelerate a transiton to agroecology?Agroecology, Environment/climate, TechnologyThis paper discusses the development of lower-cost smart technologies and how they can provide actionable intelligence for smaller and more diverse farms.-Jul 2021Report-Download Paper
Soil AssociationState of the nation: Children's food in England, 2019Nutrition: children's diet and healthThis report analyses the state of childrens' food in early years, in schools, out and about, and in the home; and presents 5 policy recommendations for government action.-2020ReportDownload Paper rewrote the summary note
Soil AssociationThe cocktail effect: How pesticide mixtures may be harming human health and the environmentEnvironment/climate, PesticidesAccording to this report, safety assessments of chemicals need to expand to include assessment of combined mixtures. The report proposes measures to reduce pesticide use, improve monitoring, and enhance the pesticide regulatory regime. -Oct 2019ReportPesticide Action Network UKDownload Paper added additional line to summary note
Soil AssociationAgroecology and carbon neutrality in Europe by 2050: what are the issues?Agroecology, Environment/climate, Net-zeroThis journal article proposes a framework for discussing decarbonisation of the agricultural sector.Pierre-Marie Aubert,Marie-Hélène Schwoob (IDDRI),Xavier Poux (AScA, IDDRI)2019Journal article-Download Paper
SustainHow fixing the food system can help address the cost of living crisisFood supply chains, Food affordabilityThis document argues that there are structural or root causes that influence household food insecurity and provides five action plans to address them.-Apr 2022Document-Download Paper
SustainA tale of two counties: Strengthening local food cultures through mapping supply chains in East Sussex and LancashireLocal food, Food supply chainsThis report analyses the supply chain infrastructure at the local level and calls for government action to provide a strategic approach to building local food supply chains and systems.Amber Lawes-Johnson,James WoodwardMar 2022ReportThe Ashden TrustDownload Paper
SustainToxic trade: how a trade deal threatens to increase pesticide-related harms in the UK and BrazilPesticides, TradeThis report argues that the UK and Brazil could face an increase in pesticide-related harms if trades are not carefully monitored.Dr. Emily LydgateFeb 2022ReportPAN UKDownload Paper the description also mentions two other Toxic Trade reports (one in June 2020, another in June 2021). Should they also be listed in the database?
SustainKicking out junk food: sports sponsorship and a better deal for children's healthNutrition: children's diet and health, Nutrition: healthy eatingA report arguing that marketing techniques are being used to promote unhealthy eating and target younger people. The report's authors argue that the power of UK sport to influence healthier lifestyles is being undermined by a constant barrage of unhealthy food and drink sponsorship deals and advertising.Beth Bradshaw,Barbara Crowther,Michael ViggarsNov 2021ReportChildren's Food Campaign, Food ActiveDownload Paper One additional line from the report website added to the summary.
SustainDelivering the UK’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) across farming and land useFarming, Land useThis document argues that adopting an integrated approach to the future of land use and food production can aid climate, nature and public health- related challenges.-Oct 2021DocumentSoil Association, Pasture for Life, Sustainable food trust, Floodplain Meadows PartnershipDownload Paper
SustainThe right to food: What needs to happen at a local level?Land use, Sustainable dietThe long term reliability of the UK's food supply is threatened by factors such as soil quality, struggling farmers and new disease patterns caused by unhealthy food. This briefing paper highlights ways and means of eradicating reliance on emergency food banks.-Sept 2021Briefing PaperRight To FoodDownload Paper
SustainCOVID-19 briefing: Asylum seekers and the right to foodCovid-19This paper discusses the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on household food insecurity faced by UK asylum seekers and urges the Government to address their right to food.-Sep 2021Briefing PaperRight To FoodDownload Paper
SustainWhy sustainable food and farming is key to achieving net zeroEnvironment/climate, Sustainable diet, Sustainable farming, Net-zeroThis document argues that a reduction in the consumption of factory farmed meat coupled with the adoption of agroecology in new farming policies are two major ways to achieve sustainable farming and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.-Jul 2021DocumentNational Food StrategyDownload Paper
SustainEnd child food poverty: No child should be going hungry, debate 24 May 2021Nutrition: children's diet and healthThis paper discusses investments that are needed in Government food programmes to address child food poverty.-May 2021Briefing PaperChildren's Food CampaignDownload Paper
SustainSubmission to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee: Public sector procurement of foodPublic procurement Evidence from Sustain suggests that public sector food is failing to deliver government priorities on health, farming and the transition to sustainable diets. This submission to the EFRA Committee presents recommendations on how this could be addressed. -Apr 2021DocumentClimate Change and natureDownload Paper
SustainParliamentary briefing: Food and the Covid-19 pandemic, May 2020Covid-19This briefing paper details the policies recommended for the Government to adopt in order to help vulnerable people access food.-Jun 2020Briefing Paper-Download Paper
SustainBrexit food resilience for the people who need it mostBrexitThis paper argues that a no deal Bexit poses significant threat to children, hospital patients, charities and low-income households and urges the Government to make detailed plans to help people most vulnerable to food disruption.-Feb 2019Document -Download Paper Added additional line to Summary Note
Sustainable Food TrustThe hidden cost of UK foodFood affordabilityThis report calls for a shift in government policy toward a "polluter pays" system and the use of agricultural subsidies to promote the adoption of more environmentally and human health-friendly modes of production.Ian Fitzpatrick,Richard Young,Robert Barbour,Megan Perry,Emma Rose,Aron Marshall Jan 2022ReportThe Ashden Trust, The Mark Leonard Trust, Esmee Fairbairn, Sustainable Food Alliance and BrunswickDownload Paper
Sustainable Food TrustFeeding Britain from the ground upLand use, Sustainable diet Feeding Britain from the Ground Up examines the potential effects of a UK-wide switch to sustainable farming based on biological principles on land usage, food production, and individual diets.Robert Barbour,Patrick Holden,Jez FredenburghJune 2022Report-Download Paper
The Food FoundationThe broken plate 2022: the state of the nation's food systemEnvironment/climate, Nutrition: healthy eatingThe 2022 Broken Plate report assesses ten key metrics which provide an indication of the state of the UK food system and food environment. Affordability, availability and appeal are identified as the three key areas in which change is needed in order to make it easy for everyone to eat well.Shona Goudie,Isabel HughesJuly 2022ReportThe Resolution Foundation, Eating Better, MRC Epidemiology Unit, Action on Sugar, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, foodDB, Soil Association, Nielsen, The Nuffield FoundationDownload Paper
The Food FoundationLetter seeking urgent expansion of Healthy StartIn light of the rising cost of living, The Food Foundation and Sustain are urging the Government to broaden the Healthy Start programme to include more families.Kath Dalmeny,Anna TaylorJune 2022LetterSustainDownload Paper adjusted summary
The Food FoundationEducation leaders' letter to government on Free School MealsSchool foodThis letter from school and education union leaders to the Chancellor and to the Education Secretary demands that all children in families receiving Universal Credit or other benefits receive free school meals.May 2022Letter-Download Paper
The Food FoundationMP Briefing: Healthy Start digital food scheme letting down low-income familiesFood affordability, InnovationThis paper details the problems families have encountered in the digitisation of Healthy Start and makes recommendations to rectify the issues.Mar 2022Briefing PaperSustainDownload Paper
The Food FoundationThe critical importance of early years nutrition in prevention of childhood obesityNutrition: healthy eating, Nutrition: children's diet and healthThis report outlines the scope of childhood obesity by the time children start school, emphasising the need to advance early childhood nutrition on the legislative agenda to save children from the burden of diet-related illness.Dec 2021Report-Download Paper
The Food FoundationCOVID-19: Impact of unemployment on food insecurity in the UKCovid-19, Food affordabilityThis briefing paper compares the risk of food insecurity for persons who have been furloughed or have recently lost their jobs since February 2020 versus those who have continued to work using data from two YouGov surveys conducted between 14-17 May 2020 and 6-8 July 2020.Rachel Loopstra,Aaron Reeves,Hannah Lambie-MumfordSept 2020Briefing PaperKing's College London, enufDownload Paper