People’s Food Policy Processes

Cover of “A People’s Food Policy”. Available for download at

What would food policy look like if it put people and planet first? How can social movements work to deepen our analysis of the problems, to strengthen relationships across boundaries and to effectively articulate our demands to policy-makers? How can government be opened up based on practices of participatory democracy and how can we continually deepen democracy both within the formal political system and in the everyday spaces of life in rural and urban places?

We are working collectively to explore these, and other related questions, here in the UK and beyond.

  1. We have been involved in supporting England’s A People’s Food (PFP) Policy: Please click here for conference presentation slides, here for a poster sharing reflections on the process and here for an article that discusses the PFP.
  2. We are also exchanging with people’s food policy processes internationally so that people doing similar work in different places can learn from one another: e.g. in Canada and Australia.
  3. We are critically analysing the policy documents and statements that have been published by different organisations in post-brexit Britain to read between the lines and help understand the power and politics behind these positions. Click here for a working list of these documents.
  4. Also see our related work on food justice in the UK.

Stay tuned here for further updates and for more information contact colin.anderson (at)



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