In February 2014, the #EdibleBristol project began.
Inspired by the values and success of the Incredible Edible movement and other urban edible projects taking off globally, a Twitter conversation struck up between horticulturist Sara Venn and human rights and environment scholar Anna Grear, which quickly snowballed into a vision for future Bristol.
IF YOU EAT, YOU’RE IN.
At Incredible Edible Bristol’s inaugural meeting on 3rd March 2014, people from across the city discussed a vision for Bristol to become the UK’s first Edible City. Films were shared of Pam Warhurst of Incredible Edible Todmorden and of Ron Finley in South Central LA and networked with a crowd of more than 100 people. The scene was set, and the ball began rolling.
- One of the founders of Incredible Edible, Pam Warhurst’s rousing TED talk on How We Can Eat Our Landscapes.
- Ron Finley’s talk, A Guerilla Gardener in South Central LA, is an equally powerful presentation.
Since then, more than 30 edible gardens have sprung up across Bristol from Severn Beach to Knowle.
Collaborative projects like The Urban Food Trail and Food Route have been conceived and built for Bristol’s European Green Capital year in 2015. An education programme for schools, communities and young people is in its early stages. Watch this space for the latest.
Get involved with any of these projects or start your project under the Incredible Edible Bristol umbrella. Get in touch today!
‘Food Sovereignty’ is a concept introduced by La Via Campesina in 1996. The term asserts the right of people to define their own food systems.
Food sovereignty puts the individuals who produce, distribute and consume food at the centre of decisions on food systems and policies. It restores agency to communities and ordinary people, rather than acquiescing to the control over food systems by large agribusinesses and the market mechanisms overshadowing the global food system.
Most of the discourse around food sovereignty to date focused on the rural poor and grew out of indigenous movements—particularly La Via Campesina. There is no universally agreed definition of the term, but one of the most commonly used definitions is provided by the People’s Food Sovereignty Network (2002):
“Food Sovereignty is the right of peoples to define their own food and agriculture; to protect and regulate domestic agricultural production and trade in order to achieve sustainable development objectives; to determine the extent to which they want to be self-reliant; to restrict the dumping of products in their markets; and to provide local fisheries-based communities with the priority in managing the use of and the rights to aquatic resources. Food Sovereignty does not negate trade, but rather it promotes the formulation of trade policies and practices that serve the rights of peoples to food and to safe, healthy and ecologically sustainable production.”
A core interest of Incredible Edible Bristol will be to think about the relationships between food sovereignty and modern urban food issues, extending the implications of the concept to embrace market-disenfranchised modern populations in cities, which in Britain are only ever three days away from a food crisis.
Food security is intimately linked to sustainability. Food security—and sustainability—are both threatened by climate pressures. Building local food resilience links sustainable choices with the adaptability to face an uncertain future. Incredible Edible Bristol is a strategic response to the need for future food security now.
Our partners are businesses and organisations that collaborate with us and support what we do. They include:
- Almondsbury Garden Centre
- Blue Finger Alliance
- Bristol Green Capital Partnership
- Bristol Food Network
- Bristol Good Gym
- Destination Bristol
- Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment
- Greater Bedminster Community Partnership
- Lighting up Learning
- Mark Diacono