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Brighton and Hove's new Good Food Standards prioritise health and sustainability

The City Council have updated their Good Food Standards to support their work towards a healthier, planet-friendly and more sustainable food system within the city region.

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Rhys Kentish from Unsplash

The Gold Sustainable Food City’s new Good Food Buying Standards are now set to the Soil Association Food For Life Silver Award and ensure that procurement activities in the city region are environmentally and socially responsible. In addition to council commissioned food and catering, the standards will also be used for market and street food traders and caterers operating from council premises and at city events.

The council has committed to ensuring public food and catering procurement meets the government’s Buying Standards and aligns with Brighton and Hove’s Food Strategy Action Plan which sets out how the city is working:

  • towards a healthier more sustainable food system
  • to reduce food poverty
  • to support local food businesses
  • to reduce the environmental impact of the way in which we produce, consume and dispose of our food

Brighton and Hove City Council modelled their updated standards on Bristol's Food and Catering Procurement Policy and shows great leadership from both councils in taking action towards a more sustainable food system.

Published 14 May 2021

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