Edge Hill University has helped Lancashire become one of the UK’s first ever Sustainable Food Counties with its very own Sustainable Food Charter.

The charter was launched at Preston Minster on 6 March 2015, with members of the public, organisations involved with the Charter and the Lord Mayor of Preston Nick Pomfret in attendance.

Various cities across the country have 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.

The Lancashire charter was 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 county-wide charter, after County Durham.

The charter seeks 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.

Dr Kathleen Mooney, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Health at Edge Hill University and Chair of the Sustainable Food Lancashire group said: “I am particularly proud to be involved in the development of this charter, as the relationship between sustainable food and good health and wellbeing is clear, but also more importantly it has provided my students – who have a genuine interest in providing good food – with the opportunity to become involved with driving the charter forward.”

Preston Mayor Nick Pomfret said: “The Sustainable Food Charter is all about local produce and celebrating the great work already being done in the community. All are welcome to get involved.”

Preston mayor Nick Pomfret and his wife Barbara at the Sustainable Food launch. Credit Lancashire Evening Post

Preston mayor Nick Pomfret and his wife Barbara at the Sustainable Food launch. Credit Lancashire Evening Post

There are now seven area networks across Lancashire who each have their own part on the charter’s website for food lovers to get involved.

Visit www.sustainablefoodlancashire.org.uk