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Here are our recommendations for how councils can unlock food and farming co-benefits by taking action on governance, farming and food growing, food waste and procurement. 

MapSummaryRecommendationsWhy foodTake action


  • Include a food strategy within climate and nature plans, building on the actions highlighted in this report.
  • Establish or support an existing cross-sectoral local food partnership.
  • Seek dedicated funding or earmark funding for work on healthy and sustainable food.
  • Assign responsibility to a food officer to sit within the public health, economic development or climate team.
  • Sign up to and track actions on the Every Mouthful Counts toolkit.


  • Join Planning for the Planet to ensure you are supporting a sustainable food system through planning policy. This includes measures to scrutinise intensive livestock applications thoroughly and supporting food growing and sustainable farming.
  • Use the development of your combined authority’s Local Nature Recovery Scheme to put in place a planning requirement that all new farms will enhance biodiversity.


  • Serve more climate-friendly meals across the council’s services, including schools, nurseries, meal delivery, canteens and care homes. This includes serving more vegetables and pulses, and a less-and-better approach to meat.
  • Publish timebound and measurable targets for procurement that supports local food businesses and those with ethical and environmental credentials.
  • Develop good food standards for events, festivals and vendors on council land
  • Engage with local food suppliers to understand how much food demand they can meet and support them in winning local procurement contracts.
  • Engage with suppliers on adopting waste and emissions reduction targets.
  • Use communications to deliver public campaigns that encourage climate-friendly diets.
  • Promote local food businesses and sustainable food to the public.

Farming and food growing

  • Publish timebound and measurable targets for Farming and Food Growing, including:
    • Protecting and increasing land for community food growing.
    • Improving access to allotments and community growing opportunities.
  • Publish a map of council landholdings.
  • Look for opportunities for new farm enterprises, including on peri-urban land.
  • Promote training materials for agroecological farming and organise workshops to support local farmers to implement it.
  • Support networking and coordination for groups of farmers to work together and share knowledge on agroecological farming, equipment and purchasing power, as well as to seek funding.
  • Incorporate climate and nature requirements within tenancy agreements on council-owned farmland.
  • Develop demonstration farms that use agroecological farming techniques.
  • Invest in local food infrastructure and support for buying collectives and shared infrastructure, to shorten supply chains and support agroecological farmers and producers.

Food waste

  • Publish timebound and measurable targets for reducing food waste and directing unavoidable waste to useful purposes.
  • Distribute free food waste caddies and compost bins
  • Run food waste awareness campaigns and events.
  • Provide a food waste collection service for households, schools and businesses.
  • Reduce food waste in council-controlled settings, by using better purchasing, portion control and presentation.
  • Ensure there are routes for edible surplus food to be collected and redistributed.

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Every mouthful counts

How metropolitan councils are tackling the climate and nature emergency through food

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