2nd July 2021
Food production is the biggest impact that humans have on the planet. It's responsible for 80% of deforestation, 70% of freshwater use, 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, and is the largest contributor to soil erosion, water pollution and biodiversity loss, on land and in the sea.
Yet one-third of all food is wasted, and millions of people do not have enough food to eat.
Our food system is broken.
But we can fix it and use it to regenerate the natural world.
We know we can all make small changes through everyday actions, like not wasting food, eating less meat and more plants, and choosing to shop with responsible businesses like social enterprises and B Corps.
But the problem is big and urgent, and discrete actions aren't enough. We need ambitious, sustained action by policy makers, businesses and citizens to deliver transformational, systemic change.
It’s time to Rise Up.
In November 2021, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). It will bring together world leaders to agree how we will meet the targets set in the Paris Agreement and set the ambition to limit global warming to 1.5oC by 2050.
And we must change the way food is produced to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The UK Government has committed to leave the environment in a better state than we inherited it, but Boris’ 10-point plan fails to address the food system. We need to hold the government to account.
At COP26 we can lead on climate action and ecological renewal, with legally-binding targets and progressive environmental policies that deliver systemic change.
Beer that does the world of good
We’re releasing a series of limited-edition beers, brewed in collaboration with B Corp brands Divine Chocolate, teapigs, Hobbs House Bakery, ODDBOX, Rebel Kitchen, Rubies in the Rubble and Cafédirect.
B Corps are businesses that have certified as meeting minimum standards of social and environmental responsibility, transparency and accountability. We're proud to be part of the B Corp community, working for an inclusive, equitable and regenerative economy for all people and our shared planet.
Each beer (brewed with surplus fresh bread and ingredients from our partners) will highlight a different element of the ecological crisis and and the systemic change needed to the food system to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss. Covering many of the Sustainable Development Goals, it will also celebrate positive change.
Beer lovers can do their bit by enjoying a cheeky pint.
All profits from the beers will go to the environmental charity Feedback to support campaigning work on food systems in the lead up to COP26.
The first beer will be released on 27th November 2020 as an ethical antidote to Black Friday. It’s a 6.2% Chocolate Stout brewed with Divine’s cocoa powder that supports sustainable forestry. The beer is rich and velvety, with undertones of vanilla, liquorice and dark fruits.
The Chocolate Stout represents the impact of food production on forests. You can read more in our next blog post and purchase the beer from our online shop (from 27.11.20).
Here’s to change
Join us over a cheeky pint, and demand action from our government in the lead up to COP26.
Ask your local MP (we've made it easy with a simple contact form) to be an advocate for climate and nature, and take the food system into account in environmental policy*.
We can create a better food system that works for people and the planet.
* If you're interested in specific policy recommendations, read Feedback's Food Waste Policy Brief. It makes the case for why food waste needs a seat at the climate policy table, and why ambitious regulation is needed: https://feedbackglobal.org/a-new-approach-to-food-waste/