's a national breakthrough as Tod representatives meet Prince Charles

INCREDIBLE Edible Todmorden has made a breakthrough onto the national stage as the local foodies meet Prince Charles.

The Todmorden-based self-sufficiency group, which was only established last year, has now been chosen by the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), the government's independent advisory body on sustainability issues, as one of only 19 breakthrough schemes, out of almost 300 submitted ideas.

The SDC's Breakthroughs for the Twenty-first Century project sets out to identify the ideas, which could make the biggest impact on Britain's effort to tackle climate change, resource depletion and inequality and as such IET's ideas will be given a national platform.

Members of IET made the journey down to London with the aquaponics system, every egg matters egg map and a board of photographs illustrating all the food growing work already taking place in Todmorden.

At the event, at the Royal Horticultural Halls, Westminster, they were scheduled to meet Prince Charles.

Hosted by Anna Ford, Jonathan Dimbleby and Rosie Boycott, the event yesterday brought together 400 high-level community, business, public service and government representatives to discuss how to make the ideas a national reality.

Pam Warhurst, of IET, said: "It's fantastic to be chosen as a national breakthrough project and already we are being asked by people from all over the country how they can become incredible edible towns too. Todmorden is leading the way by becoming stronger for the future.

"It will be great to talk to Prince Charles about this and the more we can get what we are doing in Todmorden talked about in the corridors of power the better for everyone," said Pam.

"We believe that local food is the door to a sustainable lifestyle, and that food is a trigger for greater engagement with the big issues like climate change and health.

"It cuts across age, income, race and class."

Calderdale Council is also working with IET and is unique in drawing up formal proposals, which will enable the council to free up land to help groups and individuals across the borough to grow their own produce.

Coun Ian Cooper said: "IET is an example to communities across the country of how they can really make a difference by working together, and planting small seeds that grow into big changes."