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Sustainable Food and Farming Award

Compassion’s Sustainable Food and Farming Awards recognise businesses that are taking steps to produce meat, dairy and eggs in ways that protect, improve and restore wildlife and the environment.

Compassion was inspired to introduce a Sustainable Food and Farming Award following its 2017 Extinction and Livestock conference that brought together the worlds of animal welfare, conservation and the environment. 

2020 Sustainable Food and Farming Awards

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the decision to cancel this year's Sustainable Food and Farming Awards. 

Good news for those of you who have already applied or were thinking of applying – we will run these popular awards again in 2021.

If you wish to apply in 2021, please find below the criteria for the award and application form.

Criteria for the Sustainable Food and Farming Award

Projects submitted for this award should involve livestock production and already have been implemented into practice or be at a pilot stage on farm.

The project should demonstrate a positive impact on one or more of the following: wildlife, wildlife habitats, soil, conservation, forests, climate change, water quality, reducing use of chemicals and pesticides, or reducing reliance on imported animal feeds.

The criteria assessed include:

  • The novelty of the project and its outcome;
  • The quantifiable positive impact of the project;
  • The potential further impact for farming systems around the world (such as the potential for the project to be adopted more widely), and
  • Whether products resulting from the project have made it through to market.

Applications are accepted following engagement and discussion with one of our Food Business Managers. If you are interested in applying for the award, please contact

You can download the application form here.

Winners will be announced at the 2021 Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards ceremony.

2019 Sustainable Food and Farming Award Winners

The 2019 Sustainable Food and Farming Awards were judged by a panel chaired by Compassion’s CEO, Philip Lymbery, and included Graham Harvey, agricultural journalist and previous story editor of the long running BBC radio drama The Archers

Compassion was delighted to recognise the following winners at the 2019 Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards:

  • 'Corporate' winner: Chippindale Foods (Morrisons) is a vertically-integrated free range egg supplier. They have partnered with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and require each of their supplying farmers to plant an acre of wildflower meadow for each laying hen range, boosting bee numbers by up to 55%.

  • 'Producer' winner: S J Cutter runs Model Farm, an ambitious, forward-thinking 500 acre farm, 400 of which they have planted with wildflower meadow and run on a low-input, low-cost, sustainable system producing beef and lamb.