08:00 - 11:15
Edible Edinburgh Business Breakfast 2019
Edible Edinburgh is a citywide partnership consisting of public, private and third sector organisations working together to make Edinburgh a sustainable food city. The partnership, which is chaired by Councillor George Gordon, has established a vision, which is: 'Edinburgh is a city where good food is available and accessible for all, making for healthy people, thriving communities and a sustainable environment’.
The City of Edinburgh Council declared a Climate Emergency in February 2019, and in May it committed to the ambitious target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Food is an important part of achieving this target. By bringing together Edinburgh’s food businesses and providers the Edible Edinburgh Business Breakfast on 8 November will focus on ways we can work together to make Edinburgh a truly sustainable food city.
Much has already been achieved in the city, which is growing in reputation for its fresh, healthy and sustainable produce, and the innovations it is taking to encourage better eating. We would like to build on this momentum, opening up discussion on ways to encourage more local production and supply, the feasibility of establishing a local indoor food market(s), how to encourage healthy eating, reduce food waste and food packaging (especially single-use plastic) and new and innovative ways to maintain a vibrant and sustainable food system in the city.
Edible Edinburgh has just become Scotland’s second sustainable food partnership to win the Sustainable Food Cities Bronze Award, which recognises and celebrates the success of towns and cities taking a joined up, holistic approach to food and who are achieving significant positive change on a range of food issues.
This event will provide the platform for raising awareness of the Sustainable Food Cities award, what it means for the city and how business can contribute to it. As part of this, we are developing a Pledge for Business, with various options that businesses can sign up. We would also like to look at the feasibility of establishing a sustainable food business forum, made up of 8-10 businesses, to provide oversight to building and maintaining Edinburgh’s sustainable food sector.
This event provides an ideal opportunity for businesses to come together to highlight good practice, and to discuss ways to work collaboratively to help the city become a sustainable food city. It will be opened by the Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Councillor Frank Ross, with speakers planned from Edinburgh’s diverse food sector.
For more information about the event, please contact:
The City of Edinburgh Council
0131 469 3513,
To reserve your place at the event, please contact:
Sustainable Food Co-ordinator
Edible Edinburgh, Edinburgh Community Food
0131 467 7326