Surprisingly food is the largest component of Cardiff’s ecological footprint. The food footprint comprises farming, processing, distribution, packaging, catering, retail and waste. Your meal travels a long way and through many processes before it reaches your plate.
The best way to slow the growth of Cardiff’s food footprint, and at the same time create local jobs and improve our health is to increase our consumption of fresh, local, seasonal and organic foods.
In 2004 Cardiff became the world’s first Fair Trade Capital City, with Wales the world’s first Fair Trade Nation in 2008. Fair trade guarantees better prices, decent working conditions and local sustainability for producers in the developing world. Cardiff has also recently joined the World Health Organisation European Healthy Cities network, through which we will be focussing on healthy lifestyle and tackling obesity.
Everyday, the Council provides approximately 33,000 meals in 147 locations around Cardiff. By choosing the right ingredients we can help to promote healthy living, support the local economy and reduce our food footprint. Our ‘Live N Cooking’ team, recently awarded Welsh Catering Management Team of the Year, have been taking the healthy eating message across the city’s schools to demonstrate how easy it is to cook fresh, tasty, healthy food.
As well as promoting the purchase of healthy, local food, we also want to increase local food production. We manage 28 allotment sites with over 2000 plots. We have recently created 300 new plots with more planned
for the years ahead and are also investigating establishing a series of community gardens.