How Sustainable is Food in the North West of England?

Overview

Using the North West of England as a focus, this project is taking a two pronged approach to support the development of effective models for understanding regional food sustainability. Firstly, we are reviewing existing sources of data about the food system and identifying the key gaps and the barriers to collecting better data. Secondly, we are reviewing existing tools and methods that measure aspects of food sustainability and assessing their utility for understanding regional food systems such as the North West of England.

The Research Aim:

To identify and collate existing information about the food system in the North West and propose effective methods for better understanding food sustainability in the region.

Our Objectives:

  1. To collate and critically analyse existing methodologies for measuring food sustainability and their utility for understanding regional food systems such as the North West of England.
  2. To identify, map and produce an overview of existing food production and consumption data for the North West region, in order to estimate (where possible) the impact of the food system on environmental, social and economic sustainability in the region.
  3. To identify the food system data needs of regional stakeholders (policy makers, businesses, community activists) and the barriers to obtaining and using this information.
  4. To propose, and trial where posssible, appropriate tools for understanding food sustainability in the region.