Ultra Processed Foods Campaigning

As a charity, the Soil Assocation strives for a world with good health in balance with nature, thriving communities and a safe climate for all.

As part of this, the food we eat, how it is produced and how it gets to our plate is all part of the bigger picture of the solutions that we can provide to the ongoing the climate, social and health crises across the Uk and the world.

When it comes to the food that we have access to both in terms of availability and affordability for all, 'in recent years we have seen a concerning increase in the prevalence of Ultra-Processed-Foods (UPFs), which currently make up 65% of the food consumed by children under 14.'

See below for our ongoing mission to raise awareness of the harms of Ultra-Processed diets and the change we are seeking as Food for Life and the Soil Association.

Recent UPF Campaign activity:

December 2023

An open letter to Prime Minister - calling on the government to take action to deliver five a day to a million children using Food for Life’s whole setting approach.

Our report into Ultra Processed Foods - Learning to Eat: The role of schools in addressing ultra processed diets

Ultra-processed foods are robbing children of the experience of learning to eat - Blog

Food for Life a solution to UPF – News story

July 2023

Politicians at Groundswell back nature-friendly farming but “failing” to act on bad diets – News story

May 2023:

Taking the Biscuit campaign - Thousands demand government stops promoting ultra-processed foods – News story

Campaign page - https://www.soilassociation.org/causes-campaigns/ultra-processed-foods/taking-the-biscuit

Taking the Biscuit report

Food for Life resources for UPF:

Learning & Skills Hub resources


Soil Association UPF reports

Dec 2023 - Learning to Eat: The role of schools in addressing ultra processed diets

May 2023 – Taking the Biscuit / Ultra-Processed Planet

Oct 2020 – Ultra Processed Foods - The case for rebalancing the UK diet

Commission Our Work

in Food for Life schools eat around a third more fruit and vegetables than pupils in comparison schools, and significantly more fruit and vegetables at home.