Food policy in Bristol

The Food Policy Council

The Food Policy Council helps support and develop sustainable food in Bristol. It includes people who represent the main sectors of the food system in the city.

Bristol Food Policy Council website

What the council is doing

It is a priority for the council to make sure that people in Bristol have access to food that is affordable, safe and nutritious. We endorse the Food Policy Council’s 2012 Food Charter (pdf, 0.6 MB) (opens new window) and their plans to achieve a resilient food system for the City region.

It has adopted a and it is working with partners to achieve its ambitions.

Food Poverty

Food Poverty is becoming a reality for many people living in Bristol and throughout the UK.  The Food Policy Council has prepared a report outlining the problem for our city:

Who Feeds Bristol? report

This report builds on findings in the Bristol Peak Oil report and explores the strengths and vulnerabilities in the current food system that serves Bristol and the city region in more detail. The report is a study of the main elements of the food system with an analysis of its resilience. It looks at the ‘positive powers’ cities may have in relation to their food systems and it makes suggestions for action.

Who Feeds Bristol? report: commissioned by NHS Bristol; author: Joy Carey; published March 2011.

Useful web links

Local and regional networks

  • Bristol Food Network Connecting local food interests and showcasing sustainable food activity in the city.
  • South West Food and Drink Supporting local food businesses in the South West and helping to develop sustainable food chains.

Contact information

Sustainable City Team (Health)

Create Centre

Smeaton Road

Bristol, BS1 6XN

Opening Hours


Tel: 0117 922 4472