“Food Justice is about creating a food system that is fair for everyone. It is about recognising the systemic and institutional inequity that exists in how we grow, distribute, access and use food.” We hear from Feeding Bristol’s Ped Asgarian about Bristol’s Food Justice Week. (This event has now been postponed.)

Our latest blog post is from Katie Major-Smith, a PhD Candidate at Plymouth Marjon University. Katie is requesting that Bristolians take part in a short survey on their food choices, particularly in relation to meat, dairy and palm oil. This research will improve our understanding of what influences peoples’ food choices in Bristol, and aims to help make our food systems more sustainable.

Our latest story is from Pasquale Cinotti about his vision for a new “farm-to-table” culinary academy. Pasquale is looking for a venue for the school and social enterprise and is seeking help identifying a suitable location. Please get in touch with him if you can help. Gemelli’s Social Enterprise will run cookery classes, provide apprenticeships, and includes a unique element of helping older people (especially men) to learn how to cook. 

For 10 years, the Food Policy Council (FPC) has been striving to put ‘Good Food’ onto the agenda in Bristol, and to keep it there. Now, in the wake of the success of the city’s ‘Going for Gold’ campaign, the FPC is passing on the baton. In this blog, we celebrate a decade of the FPC, thank all those who contributed to its success and look forward, considering how its work will continue across the city.

Bristol’s first seed library was launched in Bishopston Library on 22 March, when people from the local community came together to celebrate and share what they plan to grow this year. A seed library works much like a traditional library. People from the local community “borrow” seeds from the seed library at planting time. At the end of the growing season, they save seeds from the plants and return a portion of the seeds to the library. We hear from organiser Emma Lewins about how it all works and how this exciting project is progressing.

Bristol and Bath’s Festival of Nature is back 10-18 June 2022 with a packed programme full of in-person, digital, and hybrid events, all aimed at helping people connect with and take action for nature. Hear from The Natural History Consortium team about the festival and other exciting events coming up in the region.

Groups growing fruit and vegetables for food banks are to benefit from crop plant donations for the third year running. Blaise Plant Nursery in Lawrence Weston is donating crop plants to over 45 community groups across the city who are supporting those most affected by the cost-of-living crisis, by growing food for food banks and schools.

Today’s story is from Emma Geen from Power of Doing (POD), part of the national Climate Emergency Centre Network. We hear from Emma about work to create a new community and climate centre in Bristol. The centre will look at many areas in which people can take action as communities, groups, and in their personal lives. Get involved by sharing what you would like in the space and how you would like to use it.

We hear from Kate Ploughman of Kate’s Kitchen Catering about the positive changes the company is making this year to mark 15 years in business, starting with going electric on all their delivery vans. Read about some of the simple and effective steps taken already by Kate’s Kitchen to reduce their environmental footprint. If you run a food business and are working to reduce your environmental footprint, please get in touch so that we can share your story through Bristol Bites Back Better too.