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AllotMe was born out of a need to address some of the world’s greatest challenges. Read more about why we do what we do, and how you can have an impact.
TheProblems We Face
CARBON EMISSIONS THROUGH FOOD MILES
A 2022 academic study found that Global food-miles account for nearly 20% of total food-systems emissions... or 3 GigaTonnes of C02e.
In practical terms: onions bought from a UK supermarket travel on average 4,500 miles before you even take them home!
NATIONAL FOOD INSECURITY
The UK imports nearly half of its fresh produce each year, valued at around £48B. This cost has increased by 58% in the last 14 years.
Both Brexit, and the Covid-19 pandemic have served to highlight the extent to which the UK’s food system remains incredibly unstable.
ACCESS TO AVAILABLE GREEN SPACE
Whilst there are approx. 300,000 allotments across the UK, land set aside for plots has declined by 70% since their peak with waiting lists as long as 40 years in some parts.
In tandem, an average of 1 in 8 people nationally (1 in 5 in London) have no access to a private garden.
RISING PRICE OF FOOD & THE COST OF LIVING
Between April 2021 and Sept 2022 even the lowest-priced supermarket food products increased in cost by approximately 17%.
Fresh food price inflation hit 14.3% in November 2022, leaving many households forced to decide whether to 'heat or eat'.