Supporting organisations

The following organisations support Eating Better's vision and mission.

Click on each to find out more about the organisation and its relevant activities.

Find out how to get your organisation involved.

 

ARC is a UK-based secular organisation that works with 11 major faiths around the world to help them to develop environmental programmes based on their own beliefs, teachings and practices. One of our initiatives is Faith in Food, which is aimed at encouraging faith groups to honour their beliefs about caring for the environment in the food they eat, grow and buy. As part of this, we will this year publish a book looking some of the key issues around food and farming, with information on the spiritual significance of food in six major faith traditions – Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism – as well as inspiring stories of faith action around the world.

We are also working with Christian, Muslim and Hindu groups in sub-Saharan Africa on sustainable land and water management issues, including training in a faith-based approach to sustainable agriculture called Farming God’s Way for Christian groups. We are developing a similar faith-based approach for Muslim farmers, called Farming in Allah’s Way. 

Behaviour Change is a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to tackling the most challenging social and environmental behaviours 

Its Dabble with your Dinner campaign is helping British families eat more veg.

 

 

The British Dietetic Association believes in the right of all to enjoy healthy, nutritious and sustainable food and lifestyles. We achieve this by developing and supporting activities that help children to have a healthy start to life and enable adults of all ages to maximise their health throughout life.

Addressing serious environmental and social challenges requires major changes in markets, with companies acting on sustainability gaining market share at the expense of those who neglect it. Changing Markets was formed to accelerate this process. We help create and support targeted, market focused campaigns run by NGOs and others, seeking faster results with greater impact.

Compassion in World Farming campaigns peacefully to end all cruel factory farming practices. 

Compassion's Raw campaign exposes the adverse impacts of industrial farming on animals, people and planet. 

Compassion is a founding member of the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics

Compassion also has many useful publications

 

Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) is a group of specialists concerned with salt and its effects on health. It is successfully working to reach a consensus with the food industry and Government over the harmful effects of a high salt diet, and bring about a reduction in the amount of salt in processed foods as well as salt added to cooking, and the table. 

See CASH surveys of salt in bacon, sausages and cheese.

 

 

 

Fairfood International envisions a future with a fair and sustainable food system, which is able to feed the world in a way that preserves the environment for future generations, respects human rights and secures a thriving economy for all. Fairfood advocates for sustainable supply chains worldwide by encouraging food and beverage companies  to address the social, environmental and economic issues throughout their supply chains. In so doing, companies will have a significant impact on poverty reduction, environmental protection, natural resource management and economic development.

‪Areas of focus include various commodity supply chains such as livestock from Brazil and shrimp from Thailand.

Farms Not Factories is a film-making and campaigning organisation. Part of the worldwide ‘Food Sovereignty‘ movement, we specifically seek to end intensive pork production and promote small, efficient and high welfare pig farming within the broader goal of achieving global food justice.

We work to inform consumers, politicians, educators, lending institutions and government agencies about the true costs of cheap meat. Thereby politicians may stop the direct and indirect subsidies that are facilitating this flawed system and so prevent the building of new or the extending of old factory farms and to close existing ones.

Pig Business is our feature length documentary film which investigates the rise of factory pig farming. The film encourages consumers to only buy pork from sustainable small-scale, farms where the animals are raised outdoors (or indoors with natural light, fresh air and deep bedding) where they can express their natural behaviour. These farms rarely use antibiotics because the pigs are healthy and content, do not pollute, and they conserve biodiversity, landscapes and rural communities.

We have been providing continued support to a local campaign to prevent a proposed mega pig farm in Foston, Derbyshire being built since 2010. The planning decision should be made autumn 2013.  We are continuing to spread the word and inform the public about why this is an important issue. Our petition (over 29,000 signatories) can be found here.

Feedback is an environmental organisation that campaigns to end food waste at every level of the food system. We catalyse action on eliminating food waste globally, working with governments, international institutions, businesses, NGOs, grassroots organisations and the public to change society’s attitude toward wasting food.

Our campaigns have existed since 2009 under three banners: Feeding the 5000Gleaning Network and The Pig Idea. Feedback is the charity that governs these three campaigns, as well as our wider work influencing public attitudes and government and business policies on food waste.

 

 

First Steps Nutrition Trust is a charity that supports good nutrition from pre-conception to five years. First Steps Nutrition produced a report Healthy and Sustainable Diets in the Early Years’ which provides nutritional evidence to support lower meat intakes among children. They also produce a report for Early Years settings to support them to provide sustainable food ‘Eating Well Sustainably: A guide for Early Years Settings’.

The Food Ethics Council is a charity that provides independent advice on the ethics of food and farming. Its aim is to create a food system that is fair and healthy for people and the environment. 

Food Ethics Council has worked in partnership with WWF-UK on the Livestock Dialogues

 

 

 

 

The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture. We aim to reach out through schools to give communities access to seasonal, local and organic food, and to the skills they need to cook and grow fresh food.

FoodCycle is a national charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. Our volunteers reclaim perfectly edible food that would otherwise be wasted and use these ingredients to create healthy, meat-free meals for vulnerable people in the community.

Forum for the Future is an independent non-profit that works globally with business and government to inspire new thinking, build creative partnerships and develop practical solutions. 

Working with pioneering partners, we transform the essential systems of food and energy to secure a more fulfilling life for us and future generations.

 

 

 

Friends of the Earth is campaigning to encourage everyone to eat a diet that's better for them and the planet.

See sustainable diets web page and briefing.

Friends of the Earth Healthy Planet Eating report showed how lower meat diets could prevent 45,000 early deaths and save the NHS £1.2bn a year in the UK.

The Get Gobby competition asks students to design a campaign to persuade people to protect the environment by changing their diets - and win £500.

Greenpeace defends the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions.
Hubbub takes a fresh approach to communicating environmental & waste issues focusing on people’s passions such as food, fashion homes and neighborhoods. No more doom and gloom and lecturing about carbon footprints. Our communications and events will be positive, sociable, collaborative and open to all.
Humane Society International-UK is a leading force for animal protection. HSI works on meat reduction globally, including in the US, EU, China and Brazil. Information on this work can be found here.

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is the leading organisation delivering sustainable food and farming.  LEAF works with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers to inspire and enable sustainable farming that is prosperous, enriches the environment and engages local communities.

The LEAF Marque is an assurance system recognising sustainably farmed products. It is based on LEAF’s Integrated Farm Management (IFM) principles.  All LEAF Marque certified farms are independently audited

 

Medact: health professionals for a safer, fairer and better world is a charity for health professionals and others working to improve health worldwide.

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.

Already, almost a billion of us go to bed hungry every night. Not because there isn't enough food. But because of the deep injustice in the way the food system works. And because too many of the ways we grow today are using up and destroying the natural resources on which we all rely. It's not just drought. Or famine. Or a bad harvest. A whole host of factors such as climate change, land grabs, food price spikes and intensive farming are stopping nearly 900 million - that's 1 in 8 people - worldwide from having enough to eat.

We’re working with people like you the world over to start to fix this through our GROW campaign. We can grow more food more fairly and more sustainably. We can pressure companies and governments to take urgent action to reform bad policies, to preserve scarce resources and share them fairly.  By taking direct actionmaking sustainable choices about your own food and spreading the word to your friends, families and communities we’ll help to make changes to ensure that, in a world where there's enough food to go around, no-one has to go to bed hungry. 

Part-Time Carnivore

Help people in your community kick the daily meat habit.

Come Veg With Me

 Come Veg With Me

Show your friends, and the world, that you don’t need meat to make a meal.

 

People & Planet is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment.

The Student Food Co-operative (SCOOP) project aims to help students and staff gain access to sustainable food at affordable prices on campus.

The People & Planet Green League to rate the environmental credentials of UK universities includes sustainable food criteria.

 

 

Progressio works to help people in developing countries gain power over their lives and overcome barriers that keep them poor.

Progressio is campaigning to waterproof development.  The Waterproof Challenge encourages us all to halve the water we eat to reduce our virtual water footprint. The Drop by Drop report looks at the impacts of water consumption by agribusiness growing asparagus for mass-export in Peru on poor communities, the majority of whom are smallholder farmers.

 

The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment.

RSPB provides information for consumers on environmentally-friendly food choices.  

 

Send a Cow works with smallholder farmers in Africa to help them become food secure and improve their livelihoods. Central to the training we provide is the importance of a balanced diet. After working with us, farmers typically double the number of food groups they regularly consume and have enough food to last all year. Also, we encourage integrated farm systems with livestock that have been shown to absorb nearly twice as much greenhouse gas (GHG) than it emits. We also include food and nutrition in the work we do with schools and teachers.

 

 

ShareAction is a charity which leverages the power of the investment system to challenge companies to act responsibly. We are campaigning to galvanise the global investment community and members of the public to drive positive change in the intensive farming industry around a number of financial risks associated with the industrial farming industry, including: 

  • rising antibiotics resistance
  • close confinement and associated animal welfare issues
  • concerns about land-use in supply chains, and
  • the negative impacts of intensive farming on climate change.

Further information about this campaign can be found here.

 

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organisation with supporters in over 150 countires around the work that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to the community and the environment. It was founded in 1989 in Italy.

Slow Food UK is a not-for profit organisation seeking to promote a better way to eat. The head office of Slow Food UK is situated in Notting Hill, and we have local groups all around the UK. We work to reconnect people with where food comes from and how it is produces, so they can understand the implication sof the choioces they make about the food they put on their plates. We encourage people to choose nutitious food from sustainable, local sources which tastes great.

We run a number of projects which aim to spread the Slow Food message as widely as possible.

Slow Food Baby – a project to help parents understand the roles of taste in introducing first foods to their babires.

Slow Food Kids – a fun interactive experience for children to experience all five senses and to explore and enjoy food.

Slow Food on Campus – an initiative that wducates and bring the enjoyment of food to University students across the UK.

Forgotten Foods programme (UK Ark of Taste) – a unique catalogue of exceptional food products in danger of disappearing due to current food production and distribution systems.

Chef Alliance – a network of over 80 chefs that we encourage to use our Forgotten Foods to help the Ark producers, as well as to raise awareness for these traditional products.

We also have a Supporters Scheme for small-scale businesses that share our ethos and would like to support our work.

The Soil Association campaigns for healthy, humane and sustainble food, farming and landuse.  Soil Association certification inspects and award organic certification to farms and businesses that meet Soil Association organic standards.

The Soil Association is a founding partner of the Food for Life Partnership.  The Food for Life Catering Mark awards points (for silver and gold standards) for serving meat in moderation inluding meat-free days.

Out to Lunch campaign is investigating food served to children in restaurants.

 

The Sustainable Restaurant Association is a not for profit membership organisation that helps restaurants become more sustainable and diners make more sustainable choices when dining out. We support restaurants in sourcing food more responsibly, manage resources more efficiently and work more closely with their community. And we help diners identify those restaurants doing the right thing. So, whether a diner’s sustainability concerns are about Sourcing, the Environment or Society, the SRA and its members are committed to a change for the better.

Whether you’re looking for sustainable seafood, an all-organic experience or a menu that’s local and seasonal, our Restaurant Guide has it covered. We also help keep sustainability on the news agenda at a local and national level. Our campaign, Too Good To Waste, is aimed at tackling restaurant food waste. And with the launch of our Global Rating, we have big dreams about bringing our message across the world. 

The Food Assembly is passionate about helping to create a new food economy which prioritises the wellbeing of both people and planet. Meat can definitely play a part in the new food economy if it is eaten less frequently and sourced sustainably - organic, pasture fed, free range, local and heritage varieties if you’re wondering what that means!  We support Eating Better in its mission to raise awareness and stimulate action around sustainable meat consumption. 

The Food Foundation is an independent think tank that tackles the growing challenges facing the UK’s food system through the interests of the UK public.
The Pig Idea is campaigning to lift the ban on feeding food waste to pigs.

The UK Health Forum (UKHF), a registered charity, is both a UK Forum and an international centre for the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. The UKHF undertakes policy research and advocacy to support action by government, the public sector and commercial operators. As an alliance, the UKHF is uniquely placed to develop and promote consensus-based healthy public policy and to coordinate public health advocacy.  The UKHF is also an authoritative information provider on all aspects of the prevention of non-communicable diseases. 

Vegetarian for Life is a charity campaigning for better vegetarian and vegan food in care homes, meals on wheels etc. We provide catering courses for care homes, printed information, a training dvd, grants for individual older vegetarians and vegans to help them remain at home and various other resources.

 

The Vegetarian Society is an educational charity working to support, represent and increase the number of vegetarians in the UK. 

Going vegetarian is one of the easiest ways to reduce your environmental impact. By swapping meat and fish for a plant-based diet you will reduce your carbon footprint, save water, use less land and protect the oceans. The Vegetarian Society explains how here.

We have educational resources, Going Veggie packs, Meat Free Made Easy and lots of simple accessible, seasonal vegetarian meal ideas.  We have course and training for home cooks and professional chefs at our Cordon Vert Cookery School. You can search for vegetarian products here.

 

Waste Watch (part of Keep Britain Tidy) helps people to waste less and live more sustainably.

Better Food for All is a Waste Watch work programme that will help to define and enable people to eat a diet that is good for our health, society and the planet.

 

 

World Animal Protection (WAP) is one of the world’s leading animal welfare organisations. We have been protecting animals around the world for over 30 years. We passionately believe that animal welfare matters. We expose and oppose the exploitation and suffering of animals. We believe animal cruelty must end, whether that animal is in the wild, living in the community, caught up in a disaster, or being farmed.

WAP campaigns for better farm animal welfare and fight against factory farming - see more here.

 

The World Resources Institute is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being.WRI's Better Buying Lab brings together the brightest and best minds from consumer research, behavioral economics and marketing strategy – along with companies in the food industry – to research, test and scale new strategies and plans that help consumers select sustainable foods. WRI's Shifting Diets for a Sustainable Food Future report shows that for people who consume high amounts of meat and dairy, shifting to diets with a greater share of plant-based foods could significantly reduce agriculture’s pressure on the environment.

WWF is the world's leading independent conservation body.  It's work to safeguard the natural world is backed up by promoting sustainable use of resources by helping to change the way we live.  This includes addressing what we eat, the way food is produced, how it is financed and the way the food sector is governed. 

WWF also works internationally to create sustainable solutions for key commodities – such as fish (wild and farmed), soyabeef or palm oil – which threaten particularly important habitats and species.