Membership status: Food Advisory Board member
The Sustainable Food Trust (SFT) is a registered charity that was founded by Patrick Holden in 2011 in response to the worsening human and environmental crises that are associated with most of today’s food and farming systems.
Through harnessing the collective power of organisations, individuals, and communities, the SFT works to accelerate the transition to sustainable food systems, inspired by a philosophy of the interconnectedness of the health of soil, plants, animals and people. Its vision is for food and farming systems that nourish the health of people and planet and are equitable and accessible to all.
The Global Farm Metric
The Global Farm Metric (GFM) is a common framework to understand, measure and monitor the state of farming systems globally. It enables farmers to understand the social, economic and environmental sustainability of their system in a way that is robust, holistic and independent of any particular farming philosophy.
A common baseline of sustainability data empowers farmers to communicate farm-level outcomes across the food and farming sector. This supports more informed and transparent decision making, risk management and the avoidance of unintended consequences.
Developed by the Sustainable Food Trust over the last six years, the GFM is supported by a coalition of over 100 partners, including farmers, advisors, researchers, educators, environmental groups, certifiers, food companies, financial services and government agencies.