A Food Strategy for Leeds

Feed Leeds has made a successful case for initiating a new food strategy for Leeds.

On 4 September a delegation from Feed Leeds made a deputation to Leeds City Council to initiate a new Food Strategy for Leeds, which received unanimous support!

What is a food strategy?

A food strategy sets out how a locality intends to work towards a healthier, more sustainable food system - one that addresses health inequalities, reduces food poverty, supports local food businesses and reduces the environmental impact of the way we produce, consume and dispose of food.

The Benefits of a Food Strategy for Leeds

The deputation outlined that while there are issues of food poverty and food waste in Leeds, there is also plenty of opportunity for improving health and environmental outcomes as well as creating jobs through the development of new food related business opportunities.

A food strategy would be integrated across council departments and would support existing policies, such as the Best City Plan. In addition to the Council, key partners would include public health, the universities, local businesses, the community and voluntary sector.

Next steps

After the encouraging support from the Council at the deputation, a paper will be produced outlining the next steps in the process for developing a food strategy.  Once the process is underway, updates on how individuals and organisations can be involved will be available on the Feed Leeds website.

About Feed Leeds

Feed Leeds is a constituted network of individuals and organisations involved with sustainable local food and related issues. To learn more about Feed Leeds, visit their website or like on Facebook and follow on Twitter @Feed_Leeds.