Sustainable Food Systems: How does the UK measure up?
Areas in which the UK performed well are:
- Quality of R&D and innovation
- Quality of animal welfare regulation
- Policies to address food losses,
- Initiatives to recycle water for agricultural use
- The degree of property rights protection
- Prevalence of undernourishment
- Relatively low rates of micronutrient deficiency (vitamin A)
Areas in which they were outperformed by other countries are:
Childhood obesity (the UK ranks 20th out of 25 in terms of prevalence of overweight in
2-18 year olds.)
- Participation of youth in farming (the UK comes bottom of the table, 25th out of 25)
- Serious issues around biodiversity loss driven by the UK population’s eating habits
- Lack of diversity in the UK’s food system in terms of food and farming business types and sizes
To read more and to download the report, see this webpage.
Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.