Brighton & Hove wins UK’s first Gold Sustainable Food Places Award
On 30th November 2020, national awards body Sustainable Food Places announced that Brighton and Hove had become the first in the UK to win a Gold Sustainable Food Place Award. The award recognises the city’s outstanding achievements on a range of key food issues and most recently on tackling food poverty during the Covid-19 pandemic. View the full bid we submitted here.
Being awarded Gold comprised the efforts of businesses, community and voluntary groups, local authority departments and individuals right across the city. We believe that this collaborative approach is what has lead Brighton and Hove to being a hive of good food work, including being one of the few areas of the UK bucking the trend on childhood obesity, having breastfeeding rates 25% above the national average and having tripled the number of community gardens in the city in the past five years.
When Covid-19 hit earlier this year, the Food Partnership launched the ‘Hungry at Home’ fundraising appeal and the city’s Emergency Food Network became the vehicle for an astonishing citywide emergency food response to the pandemic lockdown.
“We have coordinated this bid, but the activities and achievements in it are not ours alone- they belong the whole city and beyond. Food has never been so important. It has the power to bring people together and changes lives.” ~ Vic Borril, Food Partnership Director
Check out our short video which celebrates the award:
What follows Gold?
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, and there is still a lot of work to do.
A climate emergency was officially declared by Brighton and Hove City Council in 2018. How we produce, what we consume and how much we waste food 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. We believe that food is the missing ingredient for tackling the climate and ecological emergency.
The city’s food work will not end with the Gold Award, but rather provides a framework for it to grow and increase its impact.By taking a whole-city approach, our actions have greater impact in fighting the climate crisis and creating a system in which everyone can access fair, sustainable, healthy food.
Our Food Strategy and Policy work is all kindly funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
Gold Food Places Bid 2020
Brighton & Hove's bid for Gold in the Sustainable Food Places Awards in 2020