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SPG is an international group of countries, academic and research organisations and trade bodies that aims to improve agricultural productivity in an environmentally sustainable way. 

The UK joining the coalition followed fresh criticism of the animal agriculture industry, which claimed the continued production of animal-based products was threatening the continued survival of the human race.​  

Members of the coalition will share information about best practice, lessons learned and innovative evidence-based way to boost productivity in a sustainable way with each other, which will then be promoted at public events and on public platforms. 

Innovation, science and sustainable agriculture 

Environment secretary George Eustice said: “I am pleased to announce today that the UK will join the Sustainable Productivity Growth Coalition convened by the United States. I look forward to working with our international partners in this dialogue on innovation, science and sustainable agriculture.” 

The SPG Coalition was launched in 2021 at the United Nations’ Food Systems Summit and members include the USA, European Union, Australia, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.  

It is also supported by a raft of academic institutions and trade bodies representing industries including grain, dairy and livestock from all over the world. 

Sustainability award 

Food manufacturers working to improve the sustainability of their businesses will also be recognised at next year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards.