What is sustainable food?

Sustainable food is generally considered to be food that is produced, processed and traded in ways that:

  • Contribute to thriving local economies and sustainable livelihoods – both in the UK & Ireland and, in the case of imported products, in producer countries  
  • Protect the diversity of both plants and animals (and the welfare of farmed and wild species), and avoids damaging natural resources and contributing to climate change 
  • Provide social benefits, such as good quality, safe and healthy products, and educational opportunities.

At Queens we recognise that it is our responsibility to encourage our suppliers and contractors to minimise negative environmental and social effects associated with their products and services they provide.  During October we will raising awareness of sustainable food throughout the University.

Why don’t you get involved?

Meatless Mondays: Cut meat out for the day. This is a great chance to try plant proteins like quinoa and black beans, and share veggie recipes

Tupperware Tuesday: Pack your lunch, leftovers or take-out in a reusable container to reduce waste

Waste Less Food Wednesday: Too many veggies left in the garden? Organise a food swap at your workplace. Have staff bring in their extra produce that they’re not going to use, and exchange it for something they will use

Tap and Tea Thursday: Sugary beverages are filled with high-fructose corn syrup, which is not only inefficient to produce, but is very bad for the body. Bottled water creates extra waste. On Thursday, forgot those cans of soft drinks and bottled beverages and drink tap water or tea and coffee from a reusable mug

Farm Market Friday: As you make your weekend plans, be sure to plan a visit to your local farmers market to buy fresh autumn produce and support the local economy!