Better Food, Better Future
The way we eat today is failing both people and the planet. It isn’t nutritious, it isn’t sustainable, and it isn’t equitable. The foods that are most readily available and affordable are slowly killing us, and some of the biggest environmental challenges we face are directly connected to our food system. Over three billion people lack sufficient access to the healthy foods they need. Despite the food system’s $9 trillion global market value, two-thirds of people living in extreme poverty are agricultural workers and their families.
We can change this story by ensuring everyone has access to Good Food – food that nourishes all people, regenerates the environment, and creates equitable economic opportunity for people at every step of the food supply chain.
Good Food empowers us to live full and productive lives. It supports healthy brains and bodies and significantly reduces the risk of disease and disability. Good Food benefits the planet and curbs climate change, making food supply chains more regenerative and encouraging agricultural practices that restore biodiversity, improve soil health, protect human and animal welfare, and elevate culture and community. And by ensuring fair wages, good working conditions, and equitable access to resources, Good Food provides for the estimated 4.5 billion people who work in global food supply chains.
people cannot afford healthy diets
- 1/3of greenhouse gas
emissions stem from the food system. Emissions are expected to rise
is the food systems global market value, but it drives more than twice that in additional economic, environmental and health costs
Diet Quality Determines Health Outcomes
Poor diet is the leading risk factor for disease, disability, and premature death in the majority of countries around the world – a larger determinant of death than tobacco, drug use, or alcohol use combined.
At The Rockefeller Foundation, we aim to improve the dietary quality of at least 40 million vulnerable children and families around the world in the next three years by expanding access to and availability of Good Food.
Our Work and Impact
To build a more regenerative, nourishing and just food future, we are launching a bold new strategy to support and incentivize food systems around the world to produce and consume Good Food.
We’re investing in data and science to better understand the costs and benefits of the food we eat, advancing transformative food policies that improve equitable access to Good Food for millions of people, and redirecting existing spending toward Good Food.
Our food systems can improve health outcomes, advance global sustainability, and lift millions out of poverty. With the Good Food Strategy, we can help achieve those goals and make leaps toward a better food future.Dr. Rajiv J. ShahPresident of The Rockefeller Foundation, at The Rockefeller Foundation and EAT co-hosted event “Reimagining Food Systems”
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The Rockefeller Foundation Commits USD 105M to Making Healthy and Sustainable Foods More Accessible Around the World
The Foundation’s largest-ever investment in food and nutrition aims to reach 40 million underserved people in three years with Good Food that benefits human health, protects the planet and creates equitable opportunity NEW YORK | March 24, 2022 ― Today The Rockefeller Foundation launched its new Good Food Strategy, which will invest USD 105 million […]More