Food and agriculture
Food and agriculture in Scotland
The food we eat accounts for about a third of our total environmental impact on the planet.
In today's globalised economy the impacts of food and agriculture can be felt right across the world.
From the rainforests of south-east Asia that are being lost to palm oil plantations, through to the rivers flowing into the Mediterranean that are being sucked dry for out-of-season fruit and vegetable production, to the savannah and grasslands of South America being decimated to grow soy to feed Scotland’s livestock..
WWF is seeking practical solutions to the major problems facing the way we source, grow, process and consume food in Scotland and globally.
Reducing the impacts of our food will depend on a mix of the right legislation and policies from governments, better business practices from the food industry and more awareness by consumers about the real impacts of their choices.
Work on food and agriculture that WWF carries out includes:
- Encouraging British companies to support sustainable palm oil and soy production
- Exploring the Ecological Footprint of our diets
- Lobbying the Scottish Government to reduce the climate emissions from our consumption of food