In a July 2019 study by Oxford University it was found that, “those who participated in local food initiatives scored higher on standardised measures of well-being than those who did not participate.”

Zareen Bharucha said, “These findings are encouraging to those of us looking at how sustainability and well-being interact,"  and, “… show that we should be looking more seriously at projects such as allotments, community gardens, community supported agriculture, and farmers' markets, which can bring people together, improve diets, improve connection to nature, and help people learn new things. All of these help to improve mental health, which is one of the most significant public health challenges of our time. At the same time, they help build the foundations of a really sustainable food system, which is also fundamental for the well-being of people and the planet."