Sustainable food used in city institutions
The London 2012 Food Vision commits the London 2012 organisers to using a proportion of food from production systems supporting higher environmental standards such as LEAF Marque, Rainforest Alliance and Organic, and to serve only sustainable fish. Key certification schemes for food produced to higher environmental standards, which are promoted in the London 2012 Food Vision, are as follows:
The organisations that run these certification schemes can help caterers and client organisations that commission catering to buy, and verify, that they are using food produced to higher sustainability specifications. They can also help with promotional activities.
An example is that of LEAF (Linking Farming And Environment) working with the contract caterer Sodexo, which joined LEAF as a corporate member in early 2011. Sodexo is one of the caterers for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. LEAF promotes and encourages the uptake of the more sustainable farming practices of Integrated Farm Management. These principles are behind the LEAF Marque assurance scheme, which certifies farmers producing food with high environmental care.
LEAF recognises that Sodexo are well placed to make a significant difference to the uptake of more sustainably produced food. Since joining earlier this year, LEAF reports that Sodexo has developed a good relationship with the certification organisation and are increasingly looking to use the LEAF Marque logo on menus and serve LEAF Marque produce to demonstrate their environmental credentials and promote the consumption of sustainably produced food.
In November 2011, LEAF hosted its annual President’s Event at the HSBC tower in Canary Wharf, London, where approximately 10,000 meals are served every day by Sodexo. The event was catered by Sodexo using as much LEAF Marque produce as possible. Becoming a corporate member of LEAF represents an important step in Sodexo’s continued progress towards a more sustainable supply chain. Sodexo has also achieved Red Tractor farm assurance certification programme and was an early signatory to the Sustainable Fish City campaign, committing to serve only demonstrably sustainable fish - in line with the sustainable fish commitment in the London 2012 Food Vision standards.
Find out more about the LEAF Marque programme, visit the LEAF website. LEAF also runs a Supply Chain Directory containing full contact information for all LEAF Marque producers, packers, processors, distributors and retailers who are members of LEAF and lists the products they produce and sell, are certified for, and gives their LEAF Marque certification status for producers.
Food Legacy: The campaign, launched October 2011, is inspired by the London 2012 Food Vision adopted by the organisers of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Food Legacy asks caterers, restaurants, event organisers and hospitality organisations to commit publicly to taking steps to improve the healthiness, ethics and sustainability of the food they serve.
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