We're Going for Gold as a sustainable food city
Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees writes for the Fishponds Voice
BRISTOL has an incredible reputation for food and drink, celebrated in nationally recognised annual awards and events such as Bristol Food Connections. From formal restaurants of Clifton to the containers at Wapping Wharf, the lunchtime pop ups on the Harbourside, pizzerias popular with students, family pubs and sunny beer gardens, St Nick’s food hall to my own favourite treat, jerk chicken.
The vast amount of cuisines reflects the different backgrounds and cultures represented in Bristol. Everyone should be able to experience and benefit from good food which is why we are working with Bristol’s network of growers, producers, restaurants and consumers to achieve a Gold Sustainable Food City status.
Sustainable Food Cities is a national programme that celebrates communities making positive changes to their food systems. ‘Going for Gold’ is Bristol’s bid, and as one of only four cities to achieve Silver status, we’ve already shown that we have the motivation to make Good Food for everyone part of the city’s identity. There is a collective energy calling for food that’s good for people, our city and our planet.
Our Going for Gold bid will establish Bristol as both a national and an international leader in sustainable food. We want the whole city to rally together and take action – with citizens and organisations working together. In a city where 24% of children are living in income deprived households, we must tackle this challenge.
To gain Gold status, we need to take collective action in six key areas. These are: buy better; eat better; reduce food waste; grow more nature-friendly food in the city; support the food community; and reduce food inequality.
The food system is so important because it matters to our health, our economy, our resilience, our environment and to our children’s future. For example the food system is responsible for some 30-40% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing food waste is ranked as the third most effective action to address global warming. So we are also aiming to become a zero food waste city by reducing and recycling our food waste and improving our catering and buying processes, as well as buying more from local food producers.
We want big and lasting changes to our food system in Bristol, ones that will make a positive difference to our workplaces, our environment and our communities. If you are interested in finding out more visit www.goingforgoldbristol.co.uk.