City signs international food pact supporting sustainable, healthy, affordable food for all

The Food Partnership has welcomed the city’s signing of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact as another step towards Brighton and Hove becoming the UK’s first gold Sustainable Food City.

The Pact is an international agreement by nearly 200 cities around the world committing to healthy and sustainable food. It has just been signed on behalf of Brighton & Hove City Council by Cllr Anne Pissaridou, Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, and has received strong cross-party support.

Vic Borrill, Director of the Food Partnership, said:
“We are immensely proud of everything our city has achieved around how we buy, cook and eat our food. With all the uncertainty at the moment, our food supply has never been more topical.

“Becoming the 198th signatory city to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact means the people of Brighton and Hove have joined many millions of others saying a massive YES to supporting sustainable, healthy, affordable food for all, and a massive NO to food poverty and food waste. It’s fantastic to see Brighton & Hove City Council wanting to share what we do with a new international audience.

“Brighton and Hove was the first UK city to receive a silver Sustainable Food Cities award and this commitment marks a big step forward in our bid to be the first to achieve the gold.”

Cllr Pissaridou added:
“We are really pleased to support the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and to sign up to this agreement. So much has been achieved in our city in relation to promoting healthy eating, tackling food poverty, teaching cooking skills, reducing waste and of course growing food and I’d like to congratulate Vic Borrill and the Food Partnership team for all their work in getting us to this important milestone.”

Andrea Mollica, representing the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Secretariat, said:
“Since its launch in 2015, the Pact has been key to improving collaboration among global cities. Cities as diverse as Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire and Zurich in Switzerland have taken this commitment to work together to achieve more sustainable and equitable urban food systems. We welcome Brighton and Hove to the Pact.”

Brighton and Hove launched its bid to become the UK’s first gold Sustainable Food City in November 2018. There is a list of actions that everyone in the city can take to support the gold bid.  Businesses, schools and residents are asked to pledge their support using the hashtag #GoldFoodCityBid.   

Follow the conversation around the gold Sustainable Food City bid via #GoldFoodCityBid

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