SFP Network members are joining a food and climate day of celebration and action on September 29 by asking councils to take action and celebrating local work already taking place. You can join in too.
Whether you are an individual eating lunch solo or an organisation serving food, you can join in on the day by organising a low carbon lunch on September 29 and posting your photos on twitter. Don’t forget to tag @FoodPlacesUK and include the hashtags #lowcarbonlunch #Food4Planet and #FoodPartnership.
Low carbon food has been tainted by sensationalistic headlines of late. Our SFP vision is one where a low carbon lunch includes mostly plants, with meat, fish and dairy from more sustainable sources with higher animal welfare, and food sourced in ways that result in healthier and prosperous communities.
A low carbon lunch will most certainly be a colourful lunch that is not only good for the planet but a feast to our taste buds.
Last thing to remember is to eat everything you cook or serve and if you can’t use it, take it home or give it to someone else.
There are a number of excellent resources to help individuals and caterers adopt planet-friendly menus. Friends of the Earth's Kale Yeah toolkit helps incentivise and promote more sustainable dishes. The One Planet Plate project from the Sustainable Restaurant Association contains a library of over 2,000 recipes with low-or-no meat. And check out five top tips from ProVeg – one of the businesses supporting the Public Sector Catering #20percentlessmeat campaign.
Are you proud of local action happening in your area? From less and better meat in catering and procurement, to re-directing nutritious food surplus, veggie cooking classes, planting fruit trees, converting land to farming, and involving diverse and marginalised communities in climate action, there’s lots to celebrate! Post examples of local action on Twitter and facebook and join in the UK-wide celebration, tagging @FoodplacesUK.