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News - 17 June 2005

Have your say about Brighton’s food chain

If your business is food you need to get involved in defining the city’s strategy on food. Brighton & Hove City Council has launched a consultation process for a major new food strategy that aims to improve our food, our health and our quality of life.

The Food Strategy and Action Plan has been drawn up by Brighton and Hove Food Partnership to enhance the entire food system of the city.

Councillor Sue John said, “The food system of a city offers enormous opportunities for tackling health inequalities, creating employment, increasing economic prosperity and improving the environment around us. Reconnecting consumers with local farmers and producers results in a deeper understanding of the value of food, and its relationship to health and environment, and helps individuals make better choices about the food they eat.”

The action plan covers all aspects of the food chain including production, healthier eating, food in schools, distribution, how food is bought, fair trade and waste reduction.

Suggested proposals for the plan include:

  • Employing specialist food workers to work on food issues across the city and in schools
  • Encouraging schools to involve children in growing and preparing their own food, improving school meals and ensuring more local produce goes into them
  • Developing community courses in healthy eating and nutrition and food hygiene
  • Promoting qualifications in catering, healthy eating and market gardening to secondary school pupils
  • Increasing the number of mothers breastfeeding
  • Monitoring the nutritional standards of meals provided by adult social care services
  • Encouraging local caterers to use local produce
  • Developing a council-run farmers’ market for the city
  • Exploring ways of supporting and increasing commercial horticulture opportunities within the city
  • Introducing targets to increase home composting

The consultation period runs until the 30 September 2005 and provides an opportunity for everyone in the city to take an active part.

Chair of the sustainability commission, councillor Councillor Joyce

Edmond-Smith said, “For the food strategy and action plan to be successful we need to make sure it is a true reflection of the people who are involved or work with food. We would like everyone to get involved and have their say. It’s an opportunity for people to tell us if they think there is an action missing or needs improving. We are also keen to hear from anyone or organisation that can endorse the action plan.”

The full document of The Food strategy and Action plan is available from:

Food Matters, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG

Tel: 01273 234 833 email: and at the following websites (from Wednesday 15 June):

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