Birmingham selected as a founding member of Sustainable Food Cities Network
Birmingham has been selected as a founding member of the UK wide initiative Sustainable Food Cities Network, thanks to its pioneering work transforming food culture within the city and as a result, could be in line to receive a share of £1 million to support its aim of gaining Sustainable Food City status.
Launched at the beginning of August, the initiative which is aiming to recruit more than 100 urban areas to the programme during the next three years, will enable cities to work together to ensure access to healthy and sustainable food a realistic option for every member of the community.
In conjunction with the plans, officials are now working with partners across the city to draw up a food charter, the aims of which are to tackle social, economic and environmental issues surrounding food. These include; food waste, childhood obesity and ensuring those on low incomes have access to a healthy diet.
Ben Reynolds, network director of Sustain, one of the companies leading the Sustainable Food Cities programme highlighted just how important such initiatives are by saying: “Eighty per cent of us now live in urban areas, people in towns and cities can have a huge impact on our food system. Having a sustainable food system can benefit the health and wellbeing of communities as well as protect wildlife, The Sustainable Food Cities programme can make this happen”.
The selection of Birmingham as a member of the Sustainable Cities Network is confirmation of the hard work the city has undertaken over the last decade. Numerous projects, such as the Big Dig and FoodforLife partnership have been established with the aim of transforming food culture throughout the city. This initiative will help with ensuring this vision becomes a reality.
To find out more about the initiative visit the Sustainable Food Cities website.