Measuring progress towards a more equitable food system: suggested metrics

09 May 2019

Researchers at Michigan State University have compiled a report that identifies metrics related to racial equity in the U.S. food system.

This tool offers an expansive list of metrics that U.S. food system practitioners and food movement organisations can use to hold themselves accountable for progress towards a more equitable food system.

Although the metrics are directed towards the U.S. food system, there are commonalities where they could also apply in the U.K.

The metrics are described, cited, and organised by themes: 

Food access, which focuses on individuals’ barriers to consuming the food they deem healthy or want, because of economic resources, knowledge, or the environment around them. 

Food and farm business, which includes factors influencing people’s ability to successfully own and operate food- and farm-based businesses.

Food chain labour, which includes metrics to measure racial equity among food chain workers. 

Food movement, which is meant to measure equity in who is leading and benefiting from the food movement itself. 

The full report can be downloaded here


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

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Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation 

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