Founded in 2008, GIY supports people around the world to live healthier, happier and more sustainable lives by growing some of their own food. Our mission is to educate and enable a global movement of food growers whose collective actions will help to rebuild a sustainable food system. In 2021, GIY will inspire over a million people to grow, cook and eat some of their own food at home, school, work and in the community.
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The Global Food Issue
Food production is responsible for almost a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, while habitat loss from allocating land for food production is the main driver of biodiversity loss. Globally more than 690 million people remain undernourished, while diet is the leading cause of mortality in the developed world. So, what we eat matters and how it is grown and produced matters even more.
Decade of Action
GIY are proud to align our mission, vision and impact with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In response to the urgency of the climate crisis, and in line with the UN Decade of Action, our ambition at GIY is to inspire 100 million people around the world to grow some of their own food by 2030.
Our GIY Goals
Everything we do is guided by five principles, inspired by the simple but powerful act of growing food:
- Eat more plants
- End food waste
- Support small producers
- Stop food pollution
- Connect with nature
Our research shows that when people grow their own food it shifts their knowledge, attitudes and behaviour around food. It empowers them to make healthier and more sustainable choices. We call this Food Empathy. We envision a world where all food is produced, distributed and consumed in a manner that is healthy for our planet and its people.
30% GHG emissions
Intensive farming, monoculture and livestock emissions makes agriculture the second biggest contributor to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
70% freshwater usage
Food production is the world’s largest water-consuming sector and its use in our food system has more than doubled since the 1960s.
40% land use
Agriculture is the largest driver of deforestation and land-use change globally. Clearing land for food production causes damage to natural ecosystems and reduces biodiversity.