Known worldwide as the capital of wine, Bordeaux Metropole is the economic and cultural centre of the French region of Nouvelle Aquitaine. It is home to more than 774,000 people over 28 municipalities.
The Metropole was the first territorial body in France to set up a Food Policy Council in 2017. With this Council, Bordeaux Metropole has laid the groundwork for its food strategy. Initiatives include a campaign to raise awareness about healthy eating, particularly in primary schools, and collective gardens and initiatives to promote local products and cuisine.
In Food Trails, the Metropole’s Living Lab aims to improve and ensure the sustainability of the Food Policy Council (governance, representation, new funding models), create a strong and thriving local food system and address the challenges of healthy and sustainable food at the metropolitan scale.
To do so, the Metropole will:
– facilitate and strengthen the territorial food network and governance by improving the Food Policy Council, ensuring a greater engagement and better coordination of stakeholders, citizens, agricultural organisations, and other municipalities of the Metropolitan area;
– ensure access to healthy and sustainable food for all;
– raise awareness on sustainable food consumption through a 12-week food challenge for citizens;
– make canteens more sustainable, healthier and inclusive by introducing more plant-based recipes and more organic, local, and quality products thanks to procurement;
– fight food waste, promote short supply chains and strengthen the Metropole’s agricultural capacity;
– run training sessions for chefs, school canteens and municipality personnel on procurement criteria for organic, local and quality products and plant-based recipes.
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