Belfast scoops national award for sustainable food
Belfast’s deputy Lord Mayor, Guy Spence, collected the city’s Sustainable Food Cities award at a ceremony in Liverpool this week. He said, ���I’m delighted to collect this award on behalf of the city. It recognises the variety and volume of work taking place across Belfast to tackle some thorny social issues, including obesity and diet-related ill health, food waste and food poverty.”
Belfast Food Network has co-ordinated the initiative, working in collaboration with many partner organisations across six thematic areas. In presenting the award, the judges highlighted Belfast’s transformation from a ‘food desert’ into one of the UK’s hottest food destination. The city will enhance its reputation even more with the events taking place throughout the 2016 NI Year of Food & Drink.
Yet Belfast also faces many challenges linked to food. The award noted the work of the many agencies in the city that are collaborating to help people avoid the illnesses associated with overweight and obesity. It also underlined the efforts of the Belfast Food Network partners in addressing the scourge of food poverty.
Chair of the Belfast Food Network, Dr Elizabeth Mitchell, commended the collaborative nature of the Network’s achievements, “In the last two years, we’ve worked with more than thirty partners across all sectors. The variety of their achievements is remarkable – supporting the growth of a vibrant, diverse food economy; promoting healthy and sustainable food; developing responses to food poverty; building community food skills and reducing food waste. Our award places us among the country’s leading food cities, a true reflection of our partners’ work.”
The bid document for the award brings together all of the city’s undertakings; it can be accessed here.