Good Food

Good Food is food and drink that is tasty, healthy, good for the environment and good for the people who make it. Find out how you can make good food choices on campus and contribute to more sustainable and ethical food systems worldwide.

The wonderful thing about food is you get three votes a day. Every one of them has the potential to change the world.

Michael PollanAuthor and activist

Too Good To Go

Find out how to stop perfectly good food going to waste from our cafes, at a discounted price.

Good Food on campus

Find out about the best places to eat sustainably on campus.

Carbon emissions on our menus

hand reaching for pot of food from self serve area in cafe.
Supporting staff, students and visitors to make informed choices on their food.

Eat more plants

Peas Please logo: Making a pledge for more veg
The University of Edinburgh has signed the Peas Please pledge to encourage students and staff to eat one extra portion of veg a day.

Get involved with student food projects

Display of Hearty Squirrel produce
Find where you can get local, seasonal veg bags, try your hand at food growing at the Kings Buildings permaculture garden and more.

Make Good Food part of your development, studies or research

Don't just eat – cook!

Bite Back Better - Plant-based cook-along - Norma from new norm

Many ready-made pasta sauces have between 6 and 12 grams of sugar per serving (the same as a slice of cake!). Source: Independent

Cook more of what you eat. You’ll know what’s in your food and save money too. Save time by preparing meals for more than one day, and freeze the extra portions for later.

NHS advice on eating well [external]

Planetary health meal plan [external]

University of Edinburgh student created a cookbook, 'Cooking Without a Cooker', for people experiencing homelessness

Watch Bite Back Better – plant-based cook-along video

What else can I do?

You can also choose to buy zero-waste food products or fair trade items.

Zero waste Fair trade

What is the University doing?

The University’s Good Food Policy sets out our ambitions in five key areas: sourcing, provision, practice, research, learning and teaching and leadership and culture. The policy was first approved in 2016 and then updated in 2020.


Topic: food and water