You’ve done it, Bristol…!

From allotments and offices, kitchens and shop floors, schools, farms, even waste processing plants – all over Bristol, people have been taking action to make transform the city through good food. And now, all this incredible initiative, hard work and collaboration has been recognised, with Bristol becoming only the second city in the UK to achieve Gold Sustainable Food City status.

Bristol is a national example of what can be achieved when individuals, communities, organisations and food businesses work together for a more sustainable, fairer and healthier food system that benefits people, communities and planet. And to have achieved all this in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic is testament to the resilience of our city.

Be sure to read about some of the inspirational work that contributed to this achievement in the submission document and summary, available to download here.

We know there is still so much work to do. There is still land that could be turned to nature-friendly food growing. There is still food going to landfill. Our citizens are still experiencing food insecurity, and in turn suffering ill-health. Our independent food businesses still need our support.

So while the city celebrates, we’re asking you to help shape the future of food in the city and Join the Conversation, by telling us what changes you want to see for food in Bristol by 2030, and to continue to #BiteBackBetter by taking action for good food in Bristol.

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Bristol has officially been awarded the status of Gold Sustainable Food City, recognising the positive work undertaken across the city’s food system, seeking to solve social, environmental, and economic issues. The winning application focussed on themes of reducing food waste, community action, growing Bristol’s good food movement, buying better, urban growing, eating better and food equality.