Every Action Counts: Gold Sustainable Food City Award
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is a member of the UK Sustainable Food Cities network. This is a growing movement of cities, towns and regions that are working to transform the food system. The Sustainable Food Cities award recognises those places that are achieving significant positive change on a range of food issues.
What is a Sustainable Food City?
This is an independently assessed, citywide award acknowledging the actions being taken by businesses, projects and individuals that support aims which contribute towards the following key issues:
Every action that contributes to any one of these key issues forms part of our #GoldFoodCityBid. This award builds on our Silver Sustainable Food City Award achieved in June 2015.
Why is Brighton and Hove Going for Gold?
Brighton and Hove is a thriving food city with many organisations and projects contributing towards Brighton and Hove’s bid for gold. This is an opportunity to acknowledge all the fantastic projects, organisations and individual food heroes across the city. Below are just some examples of the actions being taken to address the six key issues above.
On Sunday Brighton’s newest community composting scheme was launched at Stanmer Street in Hollingdean. It’s so exciting whenever a new scheme comes to fruition, a big well done to everyone who put in the hard work and support to get it up and running. A special thanks as well to volunteer compost champions Michelle and Isabel, as well as Tim from Tim’s Bins who designs and builds all the community compost bins. 30 more households in the city are now composting and diverting waste.
Why is this important?
From obesity and diet-related ill-health, to food poverty and waste, climate change and biodiversity loss to social isolation, food is not only at the heart of some of our greatest problems but is also a vital part of the solution.
In 2018, the city of Brighton & Hove declared a climate emergency. What we eat, how we farm and fish, and the food we waste all play a key role in climate change. Around 30% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the food system, and a third of the food we produce goes to waste. By taking a whole-city approach, our actions can have a greater impact on averting the climate crisis and creating a fair and sustainable food system in which everyone can access food that’s good for people and the planet.
How you can take action
Individuals, schools, food businesses and organisations can all play their part and turn actions into gold.
Shout about what you’re doing
If you’d like further information please contact us.