There’s growing public outcry and government action against supermarkets in the United Kingdom. The current food distribution network is seen as the root of the problem for obesity, as a prime contributor of carbon emissions leading to climate change, and as the generator of mountains of garbage. Supermarkets have been declared as “unhealthy, unjust and unsustainable” by the Welsh government.
A study titled, “The Green, Healthy and Fair,” takes a close look at food distribution with an aim toward greener practices that include a reduction in over-packaging and a use of more recyclable materials. The study also suggests that the government promote and define local food, promote fair trade and work with industry to come up with sustainability standards.