A new programme is about to be launched in Middlesbrough to help residents and businesses think more about one of the town’s most precious and underestimated resources – food.
The Food Sustainability Action Plan has been developed by Middlesbrough Council and Middlesbrough Environment City as part of the Middlesbrough One Planet Living Programme.
The plan looks at four important aspects of food – local production, choosing healthy options, tackling food waste and helping people in developing countries by choosing Fairtrade products.
The Action Plan contains many suggestions on how Middlesbrough residents can enjoy food while living a healthier lifestyle, saving money and reducing their impact on the environment.
Research has shown, for example, that an average family in the UK throws away over £600 of perfectly good food each year. Simple actions, such as reusing leftovers, can save money while also creating delicious and healthy meals.
Middlesbrough is already at the forefront nationally in sustainable food. The town has an active community growing project with more than 100 community groups growing their own produce.
Some of this finds its way to the annual Middlesbrough Town Meal that attracts up to 10,000 people each year. Last year the event was runner up in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards.
Cllr Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “What we eat – and how and where that food is produced – is more important than ever.
“It’s vital that we create a sustainable food supply chain, ensuring we can combat climate change and help people live longer and healthier lives.
“Middlesbrough has made great strides as a Healthy Town and Environment City, and this plan will help to take that work on to the next level.”
The Food Sustainability Action Plan will be launched at Linthorpe Road Resource Centre on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 13 4.30-6.00pm.
Attendees will hear more about the Action Plan, including presentations by local producers. They will also be able to try some delicious local produce, including freshly pressed juice made from apples from Newham Grange Country Farm.
To attend the launch please RSVP to Mark Fishpool on 01642 811300.
Following the launch there is an opportunity to see the film ‘Food Inc’, an Academy Award nominated film looking at modern food production methods. the film screening takes place at 7.00pm no pre-booking required.