Local and Sustainable Food

What could Oxfordshire do to make sure everything to do with food is sustainable and benefits planet and people?

Local and Sustainable Food

‍We need to improve access to affordable, healthy and tasty food in Oxfordshire, while also reducing its environmental impact.

We believe it is possible for households, producers and retailers in Oxfordshire to reach zero food waste by 2030, by examining the amount of food they truly consume per week and adjusting the amount they buy accordingly, understanding how to best store food to optimise its longevity, composting all food waste, donating to food banks, and increasing recycling of food packaging. 

We can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the food cycle, by improving access to local food growing spaces, such as community farms and allotments. Vegetarian and vegan diets should become the default, with residents able to access high-quality, high-welfare, locally-produced organic meat, dairy and eggs now and then. 

All of this can be supported by improving education surrounding food, encouraging skills and knowledge for growing, storing and cooking our own produce, and creating opportunities to share and enjoy our food. 

Would you consider including more vegetarian and vegan meals in your diet?

Where in Oxfordshire could we introduce community food growing opportunities?

What would encourage you to purchase more locally-produced food?

How can we educate people better around food and sustainability?

This response was submitted by One Planet Oxfordshire . In 2018, One Planet Oxfordshire brought together a wide range of local councils, organisations, businesses, schools and community groups from across the county to collaboratively create a ‘Shared Vision’ for a better, more sustainable future. It outlines the ‘outcomes’ we want to achieve – what will the future of Oxfordshire look like? 

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