Research shows that being part of a community food project makes us significantly happier and healthier! Bristol, in the near future, could be full of flourishing community-led food enterprises, covering all aspects of food production, processing, distribution, catering and waste. Enterprises related to food – like bee-keeping could be well supported and valued for their key contribution to a resilient food system.
These community-led trade elements of the city’s food system would need to work closely with independent food businesses, local communities and public sector.
Access to start-up support could enable new enterprises to develop and innovate, increasing the number of food-related jobs and training opportunities.
»» Over 70% of those involved in a community food project say their quality of life has improved, and their cooking and eating habits have changed for the better.
»» The Community Farm in Chew Magna, a Community Benefit Society growing on 28 acres, supplies wholesale and a box scheme to Bristol and Bath.
»» Since 2008 the Love Food Festival has made delicious, sustainable food accessible in family-friendly events attracting thousands of local people.