Brighton & Hove Food Partnership (BHFP) have unveiled a bid for Brighton and Hove to become the UK’s first Gold “Sustainable Food City” at a fantastic gold-themed event held at their ground-breaking Community Kitchen venue on 26th November 2018.
The Sustainable Food Cities awards recognise and celebrate the success of towns and cities taking a joined-up, holistic approach to food.
BHFP have also launched the city’s new five-year Food Strategy Action Plan for a healthier, fairer more sustainable city. This sets out some 200 actions, for which more than 100 organisations in the city have committed themselves to achieving. Actions include:
- Introducing a citywide approach to eating more veg.
- Establishing a Malnutrition Task Force.
- Committing food industry employers to pay the Living Wage.
The Living Coast UNESCO Biosphere programme is involved in the actions too, including: taking a holistic approach to improve sustainability and security of local food production, and promoting local sustainable fishing and a healthy marine environment.
While the Food Strategy Action Plan will run from 2018 to 2023, the gold bid could be achieved as soon as spring 2020. The Food Partnership leads the city’s food strategy work and are pleased and excited to be spearheading this push for gold.
Most actions on their first food strategy action plan have now been completed. The city can boast great achievements, including bucking the national trend by reducing the number of overweight and obese children, increasing breastfeeding rates to 25% above the national average and tripling the number of community gardens.Brighton and Hove has featured in Government best-practice case studies and our approach to tackling food poverty is now a model for other UK cities. The concept of Sustainable Food Cities was in many ways inspired by and modelled on the ground-breaking work of the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership. Nearly 10 years on and there are now 55 towns, cities, boroughs and counties following Brighton and Hove’s lead.
Despite this though, food poverty persists in Brighton and Hove, there are neighbourhoods where accessing fresh veg is hard and junk food advertising is everywhere.
This new Food Strategy Action Plan 2018-2023 is thus the most ambitious plan yet! As well as commitments from the council, health and wellbeing organisations and food businesses, there is space in it for actions from everyone.
- If you’re a parent, add an extra portion of veg to your children’s evening meal.
- If you run a food business, ditch single-use plastics.
- Local schools can get involved by offering cooking and growing opportunities.
With help from everybody who lives in, works in or visits Brighton and Hove, our vision of a city with healthy, sustainable and fair food for all is achievable – and the gold award is in sight.
Please do your bit to help Brighton and Hove go for Gold! Check out what you can do in our Top 10 action suggestions. Remember: Every action counts! And remember to share what you do using #GoldFoodCityBid
Further information is available at bhfood.org.uk