Food Ethics Council supports End Hunger UK campaign
24 January 2017
Dan Crossley Chief Executive of the Food Ethics Council, a national charity which provides independent advice on the ethics of food and farming, visited Northampton to support the local End Hunger UK campaign led by Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network.
During his talk and presentation to the campaign group and network he highlighted that the problem of food poverty cannot simply be solved by the problem of food waste. He stated that it was important to address the underlying causes of both issues and recognise the impact of government policy and the role of food manufacturers, food producers and supermarkets.
During the presentation the group also looked at issues and barriers to creating a fairer food system including the impact the food system has on climate change. The #EndHungerUK Campaign was also highlighted and the number of national charities and organisations supporting this including Child Poverty Action Group, Fareshare, Food Ethics Council, Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty, the Food Foundation, Nourish Scotland, Trussell Trust and the Independent Food Aid Network.
Rachel McGrath, Grants Director at Northamptonshire Community Foundation and Chair of the Network said: ‘The main purpose behind the #EndHungerUK national campaign is to build a groundswell of pressure on politicians and government so that they take the issue of hunger in the UK seriously. We are delighted that the Food Ethics Council as part of our national speakers campaign programme was able to visit Northampton and raise awareness of key issues within our national food system and what we can do to help create a fairer food system for all.’
Dan Crossley, Executive Director of The Food Ethics Council spoke of the event, “We’ve had a fascinating discussion today talking about fairness in the food system and how unjust our food system is. I’ve heard some insights and stories from lots of people here from across Northamptonshire who are right at the cutting edge and at the front line of food and poverty. Often from tragic stories of situations people are in but some really inspiring suggestions and examples. Only by coming together and bringing in the voices of the people working with vulnerable people and people on low incomes can we really make a difference and put pressure on the government to make the changes that they have to make.”
For further information on the #EndHungerUK campaign and to keep updated please go to the End Hunger UK website. To find out more about Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network and to get involved click here.