About SUSTAIN : Right to Food
Everyone has the right to enjoy safe, nutritious and sustainable food. This project advocates the realisation of the Right to Food in UK law.
Around 8.4 million people in the UK currently struggle to get enough to eat, whether because of low household income, debt, disability or personal crisis.
The huge growth in charitable food banks over recent years illustrates that many people live precariously on the edge of hunger, or are stuck in long-term food poverty. Other fundamental challenges – such as loss of soil, struggling farmers or unhealthy food that causes new patterns of disease – also undermine the long-term reliability of our nation’s food supply.
The Right to Food is one of a series of rights that are called socio-economic rights. These rights also include our right to healthcare and our right to housing. A legal right places responsibilities on public institutions to help us when we are having difficulties meeting our basic needs, and to take action to fix any barriers to our enjoyment of that right.
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