The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, sit at the heart of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a global plan that acts as ‘a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future’.
The 17 SDGs cover key challenges we face in our world today, including poverty, climate, peace, justice and the destruction of our ecosystem. Importantly, the goals recognise that ending hardship in all its forms must ‘go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequalities, and generate economic growth’, so that no one is left behind – all whilst tackling climate change and preserving our forests and oceans.
Within this global plan, a deadline was set: all countries – both developed and developing - to work together to help achieve these goals by 2030.
How does Food for Life align with the SDGs?
Food is a vital part of the sustainable development picture, so seeing this placed front and centre of UN discussions, with a clear timeline for achievement, is a fantastic step in ensuring good food for all, both now and in the future.
Many of the SDG targets align with key aspects of our own mission statement; to make good food the easy choice for everyone, whoever and wherever they are. For over 70 years, the Soil Association has supported, influenced and lobbied for change in the way we eat, grow and farm. Working across human health, the environment and animal welfare, Food for Life takes this work directly into schools, nurseries, hospitals and care homes, with the aim that healthy, tasty and sustainable food is available to everyone.
"We have a clear vision that every child has a right to good, wholesome school food,” said Jeanette Orrey, Co-Founder of Food for Life, “and that food poverty will one day be a thing of the past."
We are pleased to announce that Food for Life aligns with all areas that the SDGs cover.
The Goal: Good Health and Wellbeing
In a nutshell: The key focus of this goal is to ensure health and wellbeing for all people, no matter age or location. The UN states, ‘By focusing on providing more efficient funding of health systems, improved sanitation and hygiene, increased access to physicians and more tips on ways to reduce ambient pollution, significant progress can be made in helping to save the lives of millions.’
How Food for Life contributes: By working directly with the places where people eat in their daily lives, Food for Life promotes positive dietary behaviour change, both in the short and long term.
We support farmers in moving away from intensive farming practises, reducing the use of harmful chemicals and improving air quality, soil quality and water quality. We champion organic farming systems that are much better for the health of farm workers, through reduced exposure to pesticides and furthermore reducing the toxic load in the ground.
The Goal: Reduced Inequalities
In a nutshell: Whist work is underway to close the gap between the richest and the poorest people in the world, there is still a great deal to be done. The UN states, ‘Large disparities remain regarding access to health and education services and other assets’, and whilst ‘Social protection has been significantly extended globally, persons with disabilities are up to five times more likely than average to incur catastrophic health expenditures.’
This goal is about further closing these gaps.
How Food for Life Contributes: We work to a vision of good food for all, whoever or wherever you are. We work in a proportionate, fair and universal way, putting more resource, support and energy into the areas where the need is greatest, with regards to inequalities associated with food and health.
Find out how Food for Life aligns with each of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals here.