helping to make our local food system more sustainable
The Sustainable Fish City campaign calls on all schools to serve only sustainable fish. Please take action now to help ensure the national review of school food standards results in a requirement that fish served to school children comes only from sustainable sources. And also ask schools in Hackney to make sure that only sustainable fish is on their menus.
Following Hackney’s poor showing in last November’s and also this September's Good Food for London report, Sustainable Hackney will be working to help bring together groups and individuals interested in food issues, and to make sure Hackney Council and others take action to help create a more healthy and sustainable food system. Cllr. Sophie Linden, Hackney Council cabinet member with responsibility for leading on sustainability issues, told the Hackney Citizen "It is disappointing to be sow low down the league table as we are very committed to many of the elements that make up this report". Please email Cllr. Sophie Linden to ask why the council is not committed to all the elements of the report and to find out exactly what the council will be doing to ensure the borough moves up the league table!
The positive impact of some boroughs' initiatives is illustrated well in a five-page feature in the March 2012 edition of the the influential Cost Sector Caterer magazine - see pages 20 to 24.
We aim to build on what is going well, such as the many local food growing initiatives, and address a wider range of issues such as ethical, healthy and sustainable food procurement, promotion of local shops and markets, development of supportive planning policies, and food poverty.
Ways of developing a more localised and improved food sector could be through Scaling Up the Community Food Sector and forming mutually beneﬁcial relationships between community enterprises and private businesses - an approach explored in a report of July 2012, commissioned by Making Local Food Work. An appendix to the report gives detailed case studies from the UK and further afield, the nearest being Newham's Community Food Enterprise (CFE), and these will hopefully provide inspiration.
Tristram Stuart on food waste
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