As we all need to eat, we all rely on a series of relationships to keep us and our families well fed. How our food is grown, distributed, shared, exchanged and eaten can both build community, our own happiness, and shape our local food cultures.
What we choose to eat not only affects our health, but has implications for the health of our planet. In fact ‘unhealthy diets now pose a greater risk to morbidity and mortality than unsafe sex, alcohol, drug and tobacco use combined. Global food production threatens climate stability and ecosystem resilience and constitutes the single largest driver of environmental degradation and transgression of planetary boundaries’.
Supermarkets and the wider industrial food system may have offered many of us relative food security, but this has come at a cost.
The price we pay at the checkout for a range of diverse, out of season and tasty goods does not currently reflect the true cost of food production  e.g. the money spent cleaning up pollution incidents linked to industrial livestock farming; the species lost to deforestation; the public health costs linked to nutrient poor diets, or the stress of working long hours on a zero hours contract. In many ways our current industrial food system is broken. This can be highlighted by the following:
Many of these issues are systemic in nature and can only be tackled if we approach them holistically; bringing people across the food system – from eater to producer – together to make informed decisions about our future together.
At present we don’t have a local food strategy that facilitates this holistic approach and so FoodFutures is facilitating a process to develop a 10 year sustainable food strategy for the North Lancashire area.
If we are to feed everyone well in the future, we need to make some important choices about how we will do this. Part of this journey involves us thinking differently about our own role in society. How can we act as food citizens rather than passive consumers or producers – shaping our local policies and strategies?
It is in this light that FoodFutures is inviting you to feed in and shape our 10 year sustainable food strategy for the area.
We will be hosting a series of activities during February 2021- including a ‘a paint our future’ campaign, an online survey and a DIY visioning activity that you could run with your family, friends, neighbours or a community group you may be part of. Email anna@lessuk.org if interested in participating in any of these activities.
We are also hosting a community conversation around food on Saturday 20th February from 15:00 – 17:00 where we will transport you to 2030. To attend register here:



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