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Sustain Ontario is part of a global movement working on healthy food and sustainable farming. Here are some links to other organizations around the world working on similar issues. If you know about additional networks to add to this list submit a resource.

United Kingdom

Sustain – Sustain Ontario was inspired by the work of Sustain in the U.K. They advocate for food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity. Sustain represents around 100 national public interest organisations working at international, national, regional and local level.

Local Food UKf3 – food for a sustainable economy, environment and community. Community Interest Company comprising 18 leading experts with UK and international experience. We are all ‘veterans’ of the local food movement directly involved in real projects, ranging from managing farmer’s markets to running a micro-brewery. We provide market research, business planning and consultancy services to develop sustainable local food systems.

Soil Association – Promotes planet-friendly food and farming through education, campaigns and community programmes.

UK Food Group – The UK Food Group is the leading UK network for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on global food and agriculture issues. Our vision is a world in which hunger has been banished by food security.


San Francisco Food SystemsSan Francisco Food Systems was formed as a private-public partnership in order to address food systems issues within the City and County of San Francisco through action research projects, policy planning and recommendations. These efforts support and evaluate sustainable and positive structural change in environmental conditions with the goal of bridging San Francisco residents with the food system.

Food Routes – FoodRoutes Network is a national nonprofit organization that provides communications tools, technical support, networking and information resources to organizations nationwide that are working to rebuild local, community-based food systems. FRN is dedicated to reintroducing Americans to their food – the seeds it grows from, the farmers who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the fields to their tables.

Food First – The Institute for Food and Development Policy – Food First is to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger.

Community Food Security Coalition – The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is a North American coalition of diverse people and organizations working from the local to international levels to build community food security. We have a diverse membership with almost 300 organizations from social and economic justice, anti-hunger, environmental and other fields. We are dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food to all people at all times,

The Food Trust – Founded in 1992, the Trust works to improve the health of children and adults, promote good nutrition, increase access to nutritious foods, and advocate for better public policy.

Agriculture of the Middle – This national initiative seeks to renew what is being called the “agriculture-of-the-middle.” This term refers to a disappearing sector of mid-scale farms/ranches and related agrifood enterprises that are unable to successfully market bulk commodities or sell food directly to consumers.

Food Security Network – The FSN is an opportunity for sharing information, shaping agendas, learning about and influencing donor priorities, building consensus on best practices and working to diffuse technical knowledge.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.


Slow Food – Global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment. A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food, fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

European Food Security Group – The UK Food Group (UKFG) is the leading UK network for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on global food and agriculture issues. Our vision is a world in which hunger has been banished by food security. To this end our work seeks to promote sustainable and equitable food security policies; to balance corporate power by providing a public interest perspective to issues affecting global food security; and to strengthen the capacity of civil society to contribute effectively to international consultations on food security.

International Food Security Network – Promoting and strengthening regional and global food and nutrition security networks on a regional and global level by creating policy space for Government – Civil Society Organizations (CSO) interaction and legislative space for regional frameworks on food security and nutrition, including a human rights approach.

La Via Campesina – An international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature.

La Via Campesina comprises about 164 local and national organizations in 73 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Altogether, it represents about 200 million farmers. It is an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent from any political, economic or other type of affiliation.

Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition – The Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) is a community of practitioners currently reaching more than 2800 members from across the world’s five continents.Here you can interact and exchange knowledge on food security and nutrition through online discussions. The Forum is facilitated by FAO’s Agricultural Development Economics Division.

International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) – IFOAM is the worldwide umbrella organization for the organic movement, uniting more than 750 member organizations in 116 countries. IFOAM actively participates in international agricultural and environmental negotiations with the United Nations and multilateral institutions to further the interests of the organic agricultural movement worldwide.