Sustainable Food Cities Network

Throughout the UK, pioneering communities at every scale - from individual institutions through to entire city-regions - have recognised the key role food can play in dealing with some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems. 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 also a vital part of the solution.

The Sustainable Food Cities Network is a partnership project, led by the Soil Association, with Food Matters and Sustain, that brings together public, private and third sector organisations that believe in the power of food as a vehicle for driving positive change and that are committed to promoting sustainable food for the benefit of people and the planet. The Network aims to help people and places to share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practice in all aspects of sustainable food.

And it is not just for cities. Any community can get involved - from a village or town to a district, county or region.

To find out more about the project, to find out what activity is going on in your local area, and to join the network, please see the project's dedicated website : more information on the Sustainable Food Cities Network, please contact Tom Andrews at the Soil Association on or 0117 314 5165.

DEAL – Economic Development through Local Food

In addition to the overall Sustainable Food Cities project, the Soil Association is also involved in a partnership project working in Plymouth and France. DEAL is a French acronym meaning Economic Development through Local Food. It is a two year Interreg Programme involving French and English Partners across the Channel, to study and develop local food systems, whilst sharing our learning experiences. Find out more about the project here.


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Open quote marksIt is vital that we develop new partnerships and approaches to tackle the burgeoning epidemic of diet-related ill-health and the damaging economic and environmental impacts of the UK’s current food system.

The Sustainable Food Cities Network is for anyone who believes that access to affordable healthy and sustainable food should be a fundamental right for everyone in society and is willing to work with others to make this a reality.Close quotes mark

Tom Andrews
Associate Director

Sustainable Food Cities