Food for the Planet

Food for the Planet is a framework to help local authorities and food businesses & organisations take simple actions to tackle the climate and nature emergency through food.

If you’re a local food business committed to putting better food on the tables of Lincolnshire, consider making a #FoodforthePlanet pledge!

Food for the Planet in Lincolnshire

photo credit: VegOut

The co-ordinators of Greater Lincolnshire Food Partnership, Ticky and Laura, will be joined by two of our Food Partners – Hannah from The Inkpot and Gemma from Veg-Out to talk about Food for the Planet in Lincolnshire, including the mandatory commitments of “less & better meat”.

Regenerative farmer & senior Permaculture Tutor, Hannah Thoroughgood,
Inkpot Farm
Veg Advocate, Gemma Whitelock from Lincoln plant-based recipe box & catering company, VegOut

What’s on the pledge?

Complete the pledge fully by 2025, and take one significant action immediately, before signing.

You might be doing some of it already, e.g. paying the Living Wage or selling verifiably sustainable fish. If so, well done, you can count that here as well. 👏👏👏

We’ve added some local links below, and there is more guidance, information, links and ideas when you register your pledge on Food for the Planet website.

There two mandatory and four voluntary commitments.

Mandatory commitments (choose 2)

Reduce Meat Servings

Reduce the amount of meat and dairy you serve by at least 25%

If you are a plant-based restaurant or setting, well done! You already meet the 2 mandatory commitments, all you have to do is select 4 optional commitments.

Switch to better meat and dairy

Source at least 25% of your meat and dairy from higher welfare, more environmentally friendly sources.

Optional commitments (choose 4)

🏅 Achieve a Food for Life Served Here award

A Food for Life Served Here award means most food on the menu is freshly prepared from sustainably sourced ingredients.

💷 Becoming a Living Wage employer

Pay the Real Living Wage to your directly employed staff and contractors

🥦🥕Include two portions of vegetables in every meal

🏆 Achieve a sustainability accreditation or award

Work towards an accreditation or award that is right for you

Tips from Food for the Planet include:

  • Add veg to dips, or chips could be root veg like sweet potato
  • If your menu format is main and two side dishes, make veg the choice for at least one side
  • Add veg into sauces
  • Make veg a default starter such as veg crudites & dips or salad.
🗑 Reduce food waste

Send zero food to landfill by reducing, redistributing and composting the remainder

⚖️ Serve Fairtrade products

Serve Fairtrade tea, coffee and two other products

🐟 Serve only verifiably sustainable fish

Serve less fish and only certified sustainable (MSC/ASC certified or rated 1-3 by the Marine Conservation Society.

☀️ Serve seasonal produce

Serve at least 3 seasonal products on the menu at any time

👩‍🌾 Source locally

Source at least 3 products direct from Lincolnshire farmers, fishers or traders

Find out more

Join us at one of the following workshops to learn more about Food for the Planet.

  • Wednesday 29th June, 1:30pm via zoom
  • Wednesday 29th June, 7pm, via zoom
  • Thursday 30th June, 11am at Mint Lane Cafe, Lincoln

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