Central to the 2011 Food Conference was the launch of Bristol’s Food Policy Council. While these professionally diverse strategic groups are well established internationally, this is a UK first and the challenge is to innovate more sustainable food systems for Bristol, supporting the outstanding achievements of numerous individuals and organisations who have championed this agenda for many years. The initial idea of setting up a Bristol food policy council was sparked at the 2010 Food Conference by keynote speaker Prof Kevin Morgan. A survey followed to seek feedback from the greater food network and the outline results were published in the Jan/Feb 2011 edition of this newsletter see www.bristollocalfood.co.uk with the full report under News on www.bristol.gov.uk/food

Updates from the Bristol Food Policy Council will be presented in this newsletter.

Food Policy Council members Prof Kevin Morgan (Chair)

Professor of Governance and Development in the School of City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University, Kevin’s research interests revolve around four themes:

  •  community regeneration
  •  political devolution
  •  the role of cities and regions in innovation and sustainable development
  •  sustainable food systems in developed and developing countries.

    His most recent publications include The School Revolution: Public Food and the Challenge of Sustainable Development (Earthscan, 2008); Worlds of Food: Place, Power and Provenance in the Food Chain (Oxford University Press, 2006); and Feeding the City: The Challenge of Urban Food Planning (International Planning Studies, 2010). He is a member of the Food Ethics Council and a director of Fair Trade Wales.

    Tom Andrews

    Tom Andrews is the Director of Programmes at the Soil Association. The Soil Association have been really supportive of sustainable food activity in the city, working with the council on the original Food for Life pilot, actively promoting Food for Life locally.

Dr Karim Farag

Lecturer in Food Production and Technology at the Royal Agricultural College. The College has been supportive of the recent food developments in the city. Providing guidance to Joy Carey in developing her Who Feeds Bristol? report and also running a seminar titled Zero Carbon Bristol with Bristol Green Capital in 2010.

Sid Sharma

Sid has won a number of national awards which acknowledge his commitment to providing sustainable food through his chain of Thali cafés. He was awarded Bristol Food Champion at last year’s food conference. The Thali cafés serves healthy, locally sourced meals most of which are based on family recipes passed down through generations of Sid’s family.


Mark Kidner is owner of Kidner Organics, a food distribution company based at
St Phillips market in Bristol. Mark brings valuable expertise in knowledge of the food distribution market in the city and how it be supported to become more sustainable.

Barbara Janke

Councillor Barbara Janke is the Leader of Bristol City Council and has overseen the development of the Bristol Green Capital initiative since her initial commitment/ challenge made in 2007. The sustainable food agenda is part of a key “green/ digital/economic development” theme being developed under Councillor Janke’s leader portfolio.

Amy Robinson

Vice Chair of Bristol Green Capital Momentum Group, Amy is the former Sustainability Manager for Bordeaux Quay, a leading ‘green’ restaurant in the city that has championed the sustainable food agenda. Amy is also part of the core group of the Bristol food Network.