12 orgs highlighting the true cost of food.

The price we pay at the grocery store for what we eat does not always reflect the actual cost of producing and consuming that food. This disconnect can make it difficult to create a more sustainable, more just, and more nutritious food system.

To truly improve the food system and account for both its cost and benefits, it is necessary to look at a range of social, human, and environmental factors. This approach is called True Cost Accounting (TCA).

TCA looks at all impacts from farm to fork to gut and landfill, including effects on livelihoods, the environment, and health. This can help farmers, decision makers, and businesses in making better-informed decisions—decisions that will improve public health, regenerate soils, and nurture people and the planet. The goal of TCA is to improve the transparency of the true cost of producing food to increase fairness to farmers, make food more affordable for consumers, and decrease environmental and public health impacts.