The aim of Good Food Oxford is to identify and catalyse actions by individuals and organisations that will promote a healthy, fair, ethical and environmentally sustainable food system in and around Oxford. Good Food Oxford supports initiatives that increase the beneficial outcomes from our food system – as set out in the Oxford Good Food Charter.
Good Food Oxford was launched in December 2013 in order to help support the existing work of many organisations in and around the city to improve our food system, to catalyse new initiatives and collaborations and to encourage more joined-up thinking and policy around food issues.
Food is at the heart of many of the UK’s biggest social, economic and environmental challenges:
From field to landfill site, food is responsible for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. In Oxford, the carbon footprint of our food is twice as high as all of our cars!.
It’s estimated that as much as 50% of food produced globally is never eaten.
Diet-related disease means UK children may become the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents.
A rapid decline in cooking skills means that the UK has the highest consumption of ready meals in Europe
Food price inflation and falling real wages means the number of people in food poverty in the UK has risen above 4 million
Most farmers earn less than the minimum wage and food workers get the lowest pay in all sectors.
The Good Food Oxford network was founded in responses to these challenges. Through our partnership approach, we can use food as a driver for positive change across the sectors.