Propel Morning Briefing

UK ranks tenth in Food Sustainability Index

The UK has been ranked tenth in the 2017 Food Sustainability Index (FSI), with France remaining top and the US and Middle Eastern states showing major room for improvement.

The UK was given a score of 68.0, placing it ahead of Canada and Australia but behind Japan, Germany, Spain, Portugal, South Korea and Hungary, among others.

The index ranks 34 countries according to their food system sustainability, which is based on the FSI’s three pillars – food loss and waste, sustainable agriculture, and nutritional challenges.

The countries ranked represent more than 85% of global GDP and two-thirds of the world’s population. The US languished in 21st with a ranking of 61.5 due to low scores for sustainable agriculture and nutritional challenges.

Although richer countries tend to perform well in the FSI, high-income United Arab Emirates ranked last, while low-income Ethiopia ranked 12th.

The FSI was developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Its managing editor, Martin Koehring, said: “Sustainable food systems are vital in achieving the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals, notably ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture by 2030.”


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