This report illustrates that the food we buy every week can have huge impacts on people and environments seemingly world's away from our 'regular dash around the shops'.

The futures of some of the world's poorest people and of the global environment are intimately linked to the contents of our shopping baskets.

The report argues that the UK needs to change how and what we consume, while at the same time helping people living in poverty around the world to improve their lives.

Many people in the UK recognise that changing how they consume can make a difference, but are constantly bombarded with complex and conflicting advice on making ethical food choices.

This paper examines both the social and environmental implications of food consumption in the UK. It aims to cut through the confusion faced by consumers, and sets out four ways in which we can adapt our consumption habits to achieve both environmental and social sustainability and justice, including: waste less food, reduce consumption of meat and dairy products, buy fair-trade produce, and buy foods from developing countries.


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