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The research, carried out by the Good Food for Our Money campaign , compared new compulsory ‘Government Buying Standards’ for food bought by government departments, prisons and parts of the military to the standards of meals served by McDonald’s. It found that the environmental and ethical standard of food served at McDonald’s is either higher than or equivalent to ‘Government Buying Standards’.
Some comparisons include:
The Good Food for Our Money campaign represents a coalition of more than 60 organisations including Compassion in World Farming, Friends of the Earth, RSPCA, the Soil Association and WWF UK.
Alex Jackson, Co-ordinator of the campaign, said: “These new standards are feeble. If Government cannot even match McDonald’s food standards, how can anyone take seriously their claim to be the greenest government ever?”
 Click here to download the report "Dishing out failing food standards".
 The Good Food for Our Money campaign is calling on the Government to introduce high, and rising compulsory nutritional, environmental and ethical standards for all public sector food http://www.sustainweb.org/goodfoodforourmoney/
 Government Buying Standards guidance notes, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs http://sd.defra.gov.uk/documents/GBS-guidance-food.pdf
All McDonald’s food standards are available at http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ourfood/index.shtml