At last - some joined up thinking about food!
Three cheers for our friend Henry Dimbleby who will be leading the National Food Strategy – the first food strategy since World War II.
The National Food Strategy, led by Defra, represents a unique opportunity to fix our broken food system and we can all play a part in shaping the future of food in the UK.
From the national curriculum to hospital meals, the availability of migrant labour to the public health impacts of obesity, Government is responsible for a myriad of actions which shape the nation’s relationship with food, so let’s help get this right. Henry will launch a call for evidence this summer and lead a year-long independent review to be published in 2020.
As the co-author of the School Food Plan, we expect Mr Dimbleby to build on the Plan and its 17 actions to ensure that Department for Education’s to do list includes monitoring and evaluation of food in schools and a renewed focus on food education. And let’s use this opportunity to be ambitious and think about public sector food in the round; if we’re serious about good food for our health andour planet, how about a meat-free day across all public sector contracts?
We know that Henry will bring the spirit of positivity and consensus, which flowed through our work on the School Food Plan, to this ground-breaking strategy and we’ll be waving the School Food Matters flag for fresh sustainable school meals and food education for all.
In other news ...
This July calls for a celebration as primary and secondary schools raise an impressive total by selling school-grown produce in markets across London.
This week, with the sun shining, children from 16 schools across London travelled to Crockford Bridge Farm in Surrey to pick fruit and veg.
The long-awaiting Healthy Schools Rating Scheme is here and we're delighted to note that Department for Education has listened and the scheme now includes secondary schools.