Food and Farming


Climate change, peak oil and global population growth are all drivers for major changes in the food system both in the UK and abroad.

In the UK food is the biggest manufacturing sector employing 3.6 million people in businesses ranging from farms to retail. Agriculture and food processing is worth over £80 billion to the UK economy.
Food 2030, the government's new food strategy, describes a future of informed consumers choosing and affording healthy sustainable food. Whilst a sustainable diet has yet to be adequately defined, it will take into account all aspects of environmental impact, not just the carbon footprint but water use, animal welfare and how food production can support both UK farming and communities in developing countries.

The food section of The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan sets out an intention to reduce agricultural emissions by the equivalent of 3 million tonnes of CO2 by 2020, with the government and the food sector to provide better information to consumers to make it easier to choose food with a smaller environmental footprint.

Opportunities in the food sector are several fold: education and skills requirements from growing to preparing healthy food, promoting a greater interest and understanding of food systems, better information and guidance to minimise food wastage and packaging, pilot schemes to generate heat and electricity from anaerobic digestion of waste food, scientific research to increase efficiency and sustainability of food systems.

During March 2010 the Bristol Food Charter was adopted and launched, which maps out a route to sustainable food procurement for the city.

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Case Studies - Sustainable Food and Farming

Bordeaux Quay PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 15:44

Renowned in Bristol for its green credentials, Bordeaux Quay is a harbourside venue committed to sourcing as much local, seasonal, organic and ethical produce as possible. Local doesn't just mean local companies but local farms and only European wines are sourced to minimise their carbon footprint. The first restaurant to achieve the Soil Association's Gold catering mark, they have received many other awards, most recently scooping a silver in the Sustainable Tourism category at the Enjoy England awards 2010.


Key Players - Sustainable Food and Farming

One Stop Thali
Best takeaway at BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards 2009, now has 4 cafes in Bristol.
Sweet Mart
Biggest supplier of ethnic foods and spices in the south west.
Leigh Court Farm
A local supplier of organic fruit & vegetables operating from the outskirts of Bristol.
Fareshare community food network Redistributing quality surplus food to a network of organisations working for disadvantaged people.
Essential Trading Co-operative
A leading European organic and fair-trade products wholesaler owned collectively by its members.
The Better Food Co
Bristol's only organic supermarket and cafe, with plans for a community farm in Chew Magna.
Early Years Catering 
Provide healthy pre-school meals, recently awarded the Soil Association's Silver Food for Life Catering Mark.
Love Food Festival
Bristol festival celebrating food and where it comes from.
Slow Food Bristol
A convivia of over 100 members who organise a wide range of activities, including the successful monthly Bristol Slow Food Market.


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