About Sustainable Food Cities

Across the globe, communities at every scale have recognised the key role food can play in dealing with some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges and are taking a joined up approach to transforming their food culture and food system.

From obesity and diet-related ill-health to food poverty and waste, climate change and biodiversity loss to declining prosperity and social dislocation, food is not only at the heart of some of our greatest problems but is also a vital part of the solution.

The Sustainable Food Cities approach involves developing a cross-sector partnership of local public agencies, businesses and NGOs committed to working together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live.

The Sustainable Food Cities Network helps people and places share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practice on key food issues.

Below are the six issues sustainable cities network members are asked to think about.

Key Issue 1

Promoting healthy and sustainable food to the public.

Key Issue 2

Tackling food poverty, diet-related ill health and access to affordable healthy food.

Key Issue 3

Building community food knowledge, skills, resources and projects.

Key Issue 4

Promoting a vibrant and diverse sustainable food economy.

Key Issue 5

Transforming catering and food procurement.

Key Issue 6

Reducing waste and the ecological footprint of the food system.

The Exeter Food Network brings together partners who have signed up to work towards these issues.  Example of some of these projects are listed below, but also follow our news and events page to see what other activities and projects are under way.