Edge Hill University has become a key partner in Lancashire’s bid to be one of the UK’s first ever Sustainable Food Counties.

Various cities across the country have already signed up to the Sustainable Food Cities Network charter. The network is an alliance of public, private and third sector organisations that believe in the power of food as a vehicle for driving positive change and that are committed to promoting sustainable food for the benefit of people and the planet.

A Sustainable Food Charter for Lancashire is currently being drawn up by a partnership which includes Edge Hill University in collaboration with Food For Life and Lancashire County Council, making it only the network’s second country-wide charter, after County Durham.

The charter will seek to build community food knowledge, skills, resources and projects and transform catering and food procurement. Tackling food poverty and increasing access to affordable healthy food will also be key concerns.

Edge Hill University’s commitment to sustainable food is a joint initiative between the University’s Good Enterprise Lab and Centre for Human Animal Studies.

The Good Enterprise Lab (GEL) is part of the University’s ICE (Institute for Creative Enterprise) and brings together different kinds of business and organisation to tackle social challenges. Also based at Edge Hill University, The Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS) is an interdisciplinary forum for research and activities that engage with the complex material, ethical and symbolic relationships between humans and other animals and is the only centre of its kind in the UK.

Claire Molloy, Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media, Director of the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) and Director of the Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS) said: “Sustainability is a core research theme for ICE and CfHAS and we are delighted to be working in partnership with other organisations to develop a sustainable food charter for Lancashire. This is an important area of research. Sustainable food connects to current issues of food poverty and to wider concerns about the challenges facing the global food system.”

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