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Cambridge is going for gold!

Cambridge Sustainable Food partnership are launching a new campaign to build a more just and resilient food system. They're hoping to be the third city in the UK to win a Gold Award from Sustainable Food Places, joining Bristol and Brighton.

Cambridge Sustainable Food. Credit: Cambridge Independent | Keith Heppell

Cambridge Sustainable Food. Credit: Cambridge Independent | Keith Heppell

On Friday 27th May 2022, Cambridge Sustainable Food partnership (CSF) launches an exciting new campaign! They want to help Cambridge residents to co-create a local food system that’s healthy, climate-friendly and fair for all. The aim of the #GoldFoodCambridge is to ensure that the city becomes the third Gold Sustainable Food Place in the UK, following in the footsteps of Brighton and Bristol.

As a food partnership, CSF draws on expertise from across all sectors including local authority, business, community, public health and others. The partnership promotes food that is good for people and good for the planet, and they are working to make Cambridge a more sustainable food city. CSF is a member of the national Sustainable Food Places programme run by Sustain, Soil Association and Food Matters.

The #GoldFoodCambridge campaign will run for 18 months, with the aim of making Cambridge a national leader in two areas:

  • Creating a resilient food system that restores nature and tackles climate change
  • From food insecurity to food justice: developing a new approach to ensure good food for all.

By the end, they hope to achieve the Gold Award from Sustainable Food Places - a status held by only two cities in the UK.

Sam Dyer, Cambridge Sustainable Food CIC says: “We are immensely proud of what we collectively have achieved so far in the city. Having received a Sustainable Food Places Silver Award in 2021, we are aiming even higher. We invite partners, from local businesses, schools, charities, community groups and residents, to take collective action over the next 18 months as part of this campaign. We aim to create significant, positive and lasting change for a fairer and more secure and sustainable food system for everyone.” 


Cllr Alex Collis, Deputy Leader and Councillor for Sustainable Food Cambridge City Council says: “The Sustainable Food Places Award is designed to recognise and celebrate the success of those places taking a joined up, holistic approach to food and that are achieving significant positive change on a range of key food issues. We've got silver, winning gold will be a huge achievement for the city and put us on the map as one of the places leading change in the UK. ” 

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Published 23 May 2022

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