The food we consume and the production methods we use have a major impact on our environment, our health and our societies.

Promoting localised production of sustainable food, particularly through initiatives such as urban agriculture, has significant advantages, from better nutrition to greater food security and increased urban resilience.

By linking sustainable food systems with other policy objectives - such as growing new businesses and improving labour markets, making public procurement policy more sustainable, enriching civic culture, and contributing to public infrastructure and social services - food can play an integral role in a city’s sustainable development policy.

Local authorities can also use food strategy to address issues of sustainable trade and social justice. Through enacting policies that promote the employment of socially marginalised people in urban agriculture, for example, greater social integration can be achieved.

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