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. DPUK Food is supporting 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 increasingly significant problems. By enabling shorter, more transparent food supply chains, Dynamic Food Procurement can change this and enable anchor institutions to generate massive social, economic and environmental benefits 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. These intensive farming practices cause a devastating loss of biodiveristy, both overseas and in the UK. Water pollution and overuse, soil contamination and decreasing fertility are other serious issues.
Dynamic Food Procurement creates more transparency throughout the supply chain, from farm to kitchen, highlighting differences in food production. This enables buyers to make more informed choices as to the carbon footprint of their food ingredients.
Additionally, Dynamic Food Procurement can bring more freshly picked, healthy and seasonal produce into public sector menus; helping to form healthier eating habits. This has potentially massive, ongoing positive health outcomes for 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 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. And the health of soils has deteriorated substantially in large parts of the country.
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 that has previously been hard to penetrate, and is typically dominated by big companies.