Bristol Going for Gold is an initiative to involve the whole city in an ambition to make Bristol’s food system better – better for our people, better for our city, and better for the planet. That ambition begins here, with a collective effort to ensure that we rebuild our food system with resilience at its core, and a bid to be recognised as one of the UK’s first Gold Sustainable Food Cities. Read on to find out what this all means.
Bristol: a Sustainable Food City
In 2016, Bristol became only the second city to receive a Silver Sustainable Food Cities award, based on the incredible work of over 120 organisations supporting good food in the city. The award was granted by Sustainable Food Places – a national partnership that supports and celebrates places making positive changes to their food systems and culture, helping them to share good practice and explore solutions to common challenges.
Gold and the road to 2030
As a city, we have a golden opportunity: in achieving our ambition to become a Gold Sustainable Food City by Spring 2021, we can open the door on a decade of change. The award will place food firmly on the agenda as we rebuild a more resilient city in the wake of the pandemic, and lay the foundations for a decade of building a diverse, inclusive and resilient food community that can make real change by 2030.
How does a city apply for a Sustainable Food Cities award?
For the Bronze and Silver awards, a city needs to submit evidence of progress on six key food-related themes. To achieve Gold, in addition to providing further evidence on these six themes, Bristol will also need to demonstrate ‘excellence’ in two areas: Reducing Food Waste and Building a Good Food Movement. Get in touch if you would like to know more about Bristol’s plans in these two areas, and how you can be involved.
Why food is central to our recovery?
It’s easy to take food for granted when, if we’re lucky, it’s never further away from us than a trip to the shops. But behind the scenes, food is deeply connected to the things that will drive our recovery from the pandemic. A true recovery—one where we come back to a world better and more resilient than the one we left when COVID-19 hit—is about so much more than eradicating the virus. Click the link below to find out how food connects to every dimension of the recovery.
Who is behind the bid?
Bristol Food Network, Bristol Green Capital Partnership, Bristol City Council and Resource Futures are coordinating the bid, and there are also several generous partners, sponsors and supporters (click below to find out who they are). However, achieving Gold will only be possible with the help and contributions of a multitude of organisations, businesses, and individuals across Bristol; Bristol Going for Gold is a truly city-wide effort.
The Bristol Going for Gold ambition is aligned with Bristol’s One City Plan.