Bristol City Council has launched its first ever Food Charter, setting out its ambitions for healthier and more locally produced food.
The charter aims to promote Fairtrade and locally produced food, encourage people to get their ‘five a day’, and deal with the impact of Peak Oil and the challenges it presents our food supply.
With almost half of Bristolians admitting they are obese or overweight and do not eat the recommended daily amount of fruit and vegetables, the pressure is on to improve the health of people in the city.
But council leader Barbara Janke said the city was working hard to encourage healthier habits – and awarded local cafe owner Sid Sharma with Bristol’s first award to celebrate it as a champion of healthy
and sustainable food.
Cllr Janke said: “There is already a huge amount going on in the city to encourage best practice in food and sustainable development, with a vibrant voluntary and community food sector.
“Sid Sharma and the Thali CafÃ© is an excellent example of this and I was delighted to present him with the City Council’s first ever Celebrating Local Achievement Food Champions award.
“I want the Council to do all it can to play its part. The Food Charter that we are launching today sets out the council’s food ambitions, such as using our buying power, services and influence to ensure that all food providers working on behalf of the council are working to provide healthier and more sustainable food.
“By adopting the Food Charter, the council is making a strong commitment to work towards a healthier and sustainable future for everyone in the city.”