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Sustainable Food Cities
Newsletter - June 2016

Helping urban areas to take a holistic approach to food. www.sustainablefoodcities.org
Welcome to the Sustainable Food Cities newsletter. We are passionate about towns and cities taking a joined up approach to food and want to help public agencies, NGOs, businesses and communities to work together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live. If you have news, events or questions for discussion for the newsletter get in touch.
It’s been a busy year so far for Cambridge food!
Having launched their Sustainable Food Pledge for businesses and organisations earlier in the year, Cambridge Sustainable Food have given out their first awards to businesses that successfully demonstrated their overall sustainability.
The Pledge covers five areas:
1. building a strong local food economy;
2. promoting environmental sustainability (including reducing meat consumption);
3. ensuring food fairness;
4. promoting health and wellbeing for all;
5. reducing food waste.

Businesses can apply for a bronze, silver and gold award depending on how many of the 13 objectives they can achieve.

The Pledge is a successful vehicle for stimulating discussion around sustainable food locally and a way to encourage action by providing a platform to showcase sustainable local businesses.

Find out about Cambridge’s Sustainable Food Pledge by visiting their website or contact Bev Sedley bev.sedley@gmail.com

Last week, sustainable food was again in the local headlines with a celebration at the guildhall where the Mayor accepted Cambridge’s Bronze Sustainable Food Cities Award. Wonderful to see all the hard work paying off! Well done to all!



Protection of green belts for food production threatened

Government has cut funding for decontamination of brownfield sites which will increase the pressure to build on green belts and further artificialise agricultural land.The Campaign to Protect Rural England warns that current proposals to change the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) will further erode the protection of greenfield land, especially around cities and calls for people to write to their MPs. More info

A Good Food Guide for Bristol

The Bristol Food Network has put together a guide with advice on how to get growing, how to eat local, seasonal and organic on a budget. It also includes tips on cooking and waste reduction - all of it in the one place! Take a look

2016 Local Food Directory for Oxford

Good Food Oxford and Low Carbon Oxford North have developed a fantastic local food directory which includes entries on box schemes, allotments, farmers' markets, local producers, grocers... More info

Turning the Tables: Groundwork for Food Democracy

18-19 Aug & 10-11 Nov - Edinburgh
This exciting new training programme by Nourish Scotland aims to support people wanting to facilitate workshops in their communities around food system change in Scotland. Deadline to register 20th June. More info

Food firms should be forced to respond to health crisis

An alliance of top health charities have called for imposing measures on food firms to reduce early deaths. Amongst proposals are the reduction of salt and sugar content and mandatory smaller portions. More info

Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard

The world’s first standardised framework to track and monitor levels of food waste was launched by the FAO, WRAP and Consumer Goods Forum. More info

National #MakeRioCount Day - 4th August 2016

We invite you to join a national fun day to mark the global nutrition summit at Rio, the day before the start of the Olympic Games.
Across the UK, many local organisations are planning a holiday event which will provide a good meal for children and families along with some sports and fun activities. More info

Consultation on food and soft drink advertising to children

Until 22nd July, the Committee on Advertising Practice is consulting on proposals for further restrictions on the advertising to children of food and soft drink products in non-broadcast media. More info

Comment on aims and values of new Food Aid Network

The newly formed Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) is asking food aid providers to complete a very short survey to get their views on the shape of the network and whether this would be something they would be interested in joining. Deadline 20th June More info

Become a secret diner parent and enjoy a free day out

The Soil Association needs your help to compile a league table ranking the food and drink on offer at the UK’s favourite days out – zoos, theme parks, museums, art galleries, visitor centres, botanic gardens... Free entry and free lunch on offer! More info

Targeted review of Public Health England - Call for evidence

PHE is being reviewed for effectiveness and efficiency, you can contribute until the 24th June by filling in the online survey here.

OFN UK subsidised support for food projects in deprived areas

If you are a local food project serving deprived areas you can apply for Open Food Network UK's offer of limited free and subsidised support to set up an online platform. Deadline 30th June. More info

Sheds Grant Fund

If you need a space to cook, create, grow, the Royal Voluntary Service is providing small scale funding to Sheds - community spaces where people can come together to take part in practical skills and activities. Deadline 3rd July More info

Funding to promote healthy eating (Scotland)

Community Food & Health Scotland which aims to promote healthy eating habits within low-income communities has announced that it has two funding opportunities with the Capacity Building Fund and the Annual Development Fund. Deadline 5th August. More info

Community Business Fund Opens for Applications (England)

Power to Change will be awarding grants of £50,000-£300,000 from July for community businesses reducing social isolation, improving health and wellbeing, improving local environment... More info

The case for sustainable diets in foodservice

The Food Ethics Council explores the business case for adopting and promoting sustainable diets in the foodservice sector in Catering for Sustainability. Survey finds half of 18–34 year olds more likely to eat out in venues where they are told about where the food on their plate comes from. More info

Experts calls for global switch to agroecology

A report from leading multidisciplinary group of scientists call for urgent switch to ecological farming around the world to benefit human health and avoid catastrophic environmental damage. It argues that the evidence is there in terms of the multiple benefits of agroecology but that the required system change is hindered by the profit logic of agribusiness. More info

WRAP's comprehensive review of surplus food and food waste

WRAP offers insight into how the 1.1m tonnes of avoidable food waste is being generated through the analysis of 11 manufacturing sub-sectors. Find out more about where, and why, food surpluses and waste occur. More info

The King's Fund makes the case on gardens and health

The King's Fund makes recommendations for the further integration of gardens and health into mainstream health policy and practice. More info

Food, Climate Change and the City

What are the challenges associated with feeding cities in a changing climate and how can urban areas take a leadership role in driving more sustainable food systems? Read the IUFN-UNEP-FNH paper to find out

Health and well-being impacts of school gardening

The article published in the BMC Public Health journal found evidence that groups of pupils who do not excel in classroom activities found to particularly benefit from school gardening activities. More info

Sign up your town or city to the programme

Find out what's involved in becoming a Sustainable Food City and how we can help.

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Victoria Williams
Food Matters
0127 343 1713

Tom Andrews
Soil Association
0117 314 5165

Hannah Laurison
0207 065 0902


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