Edible Edinburgh: A Sustainable Food City Plan, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

City/Town/Village: Edinburgh
County/Province/District (Name of): Lothian
Sub-national State: n/a
Language: English
Spatial Distinction: Urban
Level of Government: Municipality
Population: 482,005
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Type: Plans
Food Systems Sector(s): food acquisition, preparation and consumption; food and organic waste management; food processing and manufacturing; food production; food retail; food wholesale and distribution
Year of Adoption: 2013
Adopting Government Department(s): City of Edinburgh Council
Lead Implementing Entity: Edible Edinburgh Steering Group
Supporting Entity: n/a
Additional Supporting Entity: n/a
Funding Amount: n/a
Funding Sources: n/a
Policy Links: PDF-Original – Web
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Created after the City of Edinburgh Council's publication of 'Sustainable Edinburgh 2020,' a framework for future sustainability goals within the municipality the plan details a vision for "a city where good food is available for all, making for healthy people, thriving communities and a sustainable environment." In particular, the plan details objectives, aims, and outcomes for individuals, families, organizations, and businesses to undertake between 2014-2020 to make the city more sustainable. The plan identifies six key themes to be addressed to achieve the vision: (i) health and wellbeing; (ii) land use; (iii) environment; (iv) buying food; (v) economy; and (vi) culture change. Respective actions include, but are not limited to: developing working arrangements between Edible Edinburgh and health-focused organizations, finding alternatives to food banks, developing land use policies to increase food production, investigating opportunities to launch city-wide food procurement systems, increasing the capacity of existing food-related organizations, and developing baseline metrics to measure the city's progress towards attaining sustainability.

Policy Keywords: capacity building; co-operative capital programme; emergency food; environmental protection; food access; food procurement; food production; food skills; health; land use; local growers; metrics; participation; steering committee; steering group; sustainability; sustainable food