Cambridge Sustainable Food (CSF) is a network of public, private and community organisations in Cambridge and the surrounding villages, working to promote a sustainable local food system.
Across the globe, communities at every scale have recognised the key role food can play in dealing with some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges. From obesity and diet-related ill-health to food poverty and waste, climate change and biodiversity loss to declining prosperity and social dislocation, food is not only at the heart of some of our greatest problems but is also a vital part of the solution.
Our vision for Cambridge is summarised in a Food Charter that we have produced, which promotes sustainable supply chains and access to healthy and environmentally sustainable food for all.
There are many sustainable food initiatives across Cambridge. We see ourselves as an “umbrella” organisation that brings together these initiatives in the public, private, university, community and business sectors. In order to achieve our vision for Cambridge, we use several means of action that can be divided into the following areas:
- We run and promote local food projects such as an annual Pumpkin Festival
- We have produced and now promote a Local Food Charter
- We have created a Sustainable Food Directory which showcases sustainable, local food businesses
- We run and manage campaigns, currently the Sainsbury’s Waste Less, Save More and Sugar Smart campaign
- We run public awareness raising activities including stalls (around 10 per year), talks and cookery workshops (to organise a talk or workshop, please contact us)
- We promote other local food sustainability initiatives, such as the recent Cambridge University Sustainable Food Policy
You can learn more about what CSF achieved in 2017 by reading our Annual Report.
A NATIONAL NETWORK
CSF is a member of the national Sustainable Food Cities Network. This means that we are one of a number of UK cities working towards making food in their city more sustainable.
Sustainable Food Cities has designed an Award scheme to recognise and celebrate the success of those places who have signed up, and that are achieving significant positive change on a range of key food issues. We are delighted to announce that in June 2016 we achieved a Bronze Sustainable Food Cities Award, and we are currently working towards Silver.