What are the benefits of
Dynamic Food Procurement?
More Transparent Supply Chains
Food supply chain transparency is crucial in order to make the informed choices needed to address real issues within every region of the UK. But the reality is that today, we don’t have that transparency. There is an urgent need for local anchor institutions in the UK to take control of food supply chains and lead the way for community benefit. More transparent food supply chains can help address issues of climate change, biodiversity, food security, poverty and diet-related disease.
Food is the second biggest cause of greenhouse gas emissions by humans, food security is at an all time low, and food poverty and diet-related disease are significant problems. By enabling shorter, more transparent food supply chains, Dynamic Food Procurement can help change this and enable anchor institutions to generate massive social, economic and environmental change for their region.
More Informed Choices
Farmers have been driven to intensive farming practices to meet the food industry’s relentless focus on producing larger volumes of ever cheaper food. It is our land use and production approach that has the biggest impact on the carbon footprint of food and these more intensive farming practices are causing devastating levels of biodiversity loss, both overseas and in the UK. Water pollution and overuse, soil contamination and decreasing fertility are also serious issues.
Dynamic Food Procurement creates more transparency across the supply chain from farm to kitchen, highlighting differences in food production approaches and enabling more informed choices around decarbonising food ingredients.
In addition, by using Dynamic Food Procurement to drive more freshly picked, healthy and seasonal produce into public sector menus, we can help to form healthier eating habits which could have massive ongoing positive health outcomes amongst those most in need.
Better Food Security
Food security is at an all time low since the war. UK self-sufficiency has fallen from around 78% in 1984 to just over half of all food being produced in the UK today. This is predicted to worsen further as a result of more farmers exiting the market and farm-labour shortages. Increasing flood and drought frequency is bringing disruption to food production and distribution. Water contamination and scarcity threatens crop production.
The Government spends £2.4 billion every year buying food for the public sector; schools, hospitals, the Armed Forces, prisons and government offices. Dynamic Food Procurement supports small and medium sized UK food producers by giving them access to this huge marketplace which has previously been hard to penetrate and typically dominated by big companies.