Feedback is an environmental charity working to reduce the impact humans have on the planet and regenerate nature by transforming the food system. We occupy a distinct, national niche with our work as the only UK environmental campaigning charity working specifically on food systems issues. We have established a strong reputation as both an expert voice and as a practical actor; we are an independent voice regularly called upon by businesses, governments and civil society across the UK to provide evidence and advice on issues like nutrition-sensitive land use, industrial animal farming (including aquaculture), food waste, and regional food economies. We are sector leaders, highly regarded for our hard-hitting investigative research, innovative campaigns, participatory events, and track record of bringing about changes to policy and business practices through a mix of movement building, campaigns, and piloting alternative food system approaches.
Our work tackles root causes as well as symptoms to transform our current unsustainable, linear food system to a fair, circular, resilient model supportive of human and planetary health and climate stabilisation. Specific outcomes that we aim to effect from our ambitious strategy (launched in 2021), which has been backed by 3 years’ unrestricted funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, include:
We are delivering these goals through the following strategies:
To move towards a food system that nourishes both people and our planet will require significant changes to our food culture, the food economy and its governance. We are seeking to bring about these changes through a unique combination of campaigning and advocacy, citizen engagement and pilot programmes.
We expose systemic problems that have led to unsustainable use of resources within the food system. We act as a critical friend to industry and policy makers or, when more appropriate, we launch creative campaigns to achieve the changes that we seek (for example our campaigns Total Bull and our supermarket food waste scorecard).
We build coalitions with other civil society groups, mobilising activists around our agenda. Free public feasts are a key way in which we support the growth of diverse movements of citizens on food issues. We also use volunteering as a further opportunity for the public to ‘be the change’ and have a comprehensive youth engagement and food system education programme. We are proud of our ability to reach people from all walks of life, including those for whom engagement with our work is their first foray into environmental and food system activism, for example through our Gleaning Network.
When solutions cannot be achieved with changes to current organisations, models and practices, we roll up our sleeves and pilot alternatives – be it through gleaning or anchoring new community food economies. Through these pilots, we demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of a new food economy, and enable replication of our success around the globe through training, toolkits and engaging with citizens, civil society allies and change makers far and wide.