Sustainable food

Edible Edinburgh

The Council is a lead partner in Edible Edinburgh, a group of

  • organisations
  • charities
  • businesses
  • individuals

working together to promote sustainable food in the city.

Edible Edinburgh's vision is for a city where good food is available for all, making for healthy people, thriving communities and a sustainable environment.

Food plan

A sustainable food plan for the city was developed. This looks at a broad range of issues including

  • food poverty
  • access to land for growing
  • how growing our food affects climate change
  • training for jobs in the food sector.

The plan also looks at what support is needed to let everyone play their part in changing our food system and culture for the better. You can download the plan below.

Edinburgh Food For Life Partnership

This partnership brings together

  • the Council
  • NHS Lothian
  • the University of Edinburgh
  • the Soil Association

to promote better and more sustainable food in the public sector. Bit by bit the food for life partnership is making food in our

  • schools
  • hospitals
  • care homes
  • universities

healthier, better for the environment and sourced in a sustainable way.

All of the Council's schools and five care homes now hold at least the Soil Association's bronze Catering Mark award and the University of Edinburgh was the first university in Scotland to be awarded it. 

You can find out more about the Edinburgh Food for Life partnership and the Catering Mark on the Soil Association's website.

Food cities network

Edible Edinburgh is a founding member of the UK-wide Sustainable Food Cities network. You can find out more about the food cities network on the Sustainable Food Cities website.


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