Better Food, Healthier World
Our global food system is failing to protect our health and the health of our planet. It isn’t nutritious, it isn’t sustainable, and it isn’t equitable. The foods that are most readily available and affordable are slowly killing us, and some of the biggest environmental challenges we face are directly connected to our food system. Three billion people lack sufficient access to the healthy foods they need, and Covid-19 is putting over one hundred million more at risk of active hunger.
We can change this story. The food system can protect and improve our health, sustain and regenerate the environment, and be rebuilt with equity at its center. We can design a system that makes healthy diets affordable and accessible to everyone, and that delivers fair returns to the people who produce and provide our food.
That’s why we are embracing a whole-systems approach to sustainably and equitably nourish all people and the planet. Our vision is a global food system that affords every human being a diet rich in healthy foods and low in harmful foods, produced in environmentally sustainable ways.
people cannot afford healthy diets.
- 25%of greenhouse gas
emissions stem from the food system. Emissions are expected to rise.
people are hungry. The Covid-19 pandemic may add between 83 and 132 million people to the total number of undernourished in the world.
Diet Quality Determines Health Outcomes
Poor diet is the leading risk factor for disease, disability, and premature death in the majority of countries around the world – a larger determinant of death than tobacco, drug use, or alcohol use combined.
At The Rockefeller Foundation, we aim to improve the dietary quality of at least 100 million vulnerable children and families around the world in the next 10 years.
Our Work and Impact
We are launching a bold new strategy to build a more nourishing, sustainable, and equitable food system that improves dietary quality for all. Our Nourish People and Planet initiative works to meet the urgent needs of this moment while supporting transformation at every level of the food system for today and tomorrow.
To do this, we’re focusing on advancing transformative food policies and visions, making a historic investment in sustainably powering the food system through distributed renewable energy, and making sure that all people – especially children – get the benefit of foods that help them thrive.
We call for a renewed food revolution. We all have to do the work to make sure we change the way we produce food and absolutely transform the way we consume food in every community across the planet.Dr. Rajiv J. ShahPresident of The Rockefeller Foundation, at The Rockefeller Foundation and EAT co-hosted event “Reimagining Food Systems”
True Cost of Food: Measuring What Matters to Transform the U.S. Food System
The True Cost of Food in the U.S. In the U.S., food costs more than our receipt at the grocery checkout. Our food system rings up immense “hidden costs” from its impact on human health, the environment, and social and economic inequity. Consider this: In 2019, American consumers spent an estimated $1.1 trillion on food. […]More
Reset the Table: Meeting the Moment to Transform the U.S. Food SystemWhile Covid-19 and the resulting economic downturn made the negative consequences of the food system worse and more obvious, the pandemic did not create them and its end will not solve them. Covid-19 has, however, increased both the imperative and the opportunity to address these flaws and limitations once and for all. Now is the moment to transform the U.S. food system.Download PDF
A Nourishing, Regenerative TomorrowThe Rockefeller Foundation announced the Food System Vision Prize in October 2019, issuing a call to disparate global food system actors to unite, source and support positive Visions for our future food systems. History shows that systemic change requires shared direction, time, and collective effort. The purpose of the Food System Vision Prize was to […]Download PDF