Project updates 2012
This quarter, we have been coordinating work with the nine food sustainability certification bodies named in the London 2012 Food Vision standards to coordinate responses to the London 2012 Games organisers (LOCOG). This resulted in January in LOCOG kindly granting access to the details of the menus for the London 2012 Games, to allow them to review progress and compliance with the London 2012 Food Vision, and hence decide how to support sustainability messages and reporting.
For several groups, there have been impressive wins, with the Fairtrade Foundation, RSPCA Freedom Food and Red Tractor Farm Assurance all reporting a good level of satisfaction with what has been achieved. Some issues were identified with sustainable fish, and the Sustainable Fish City partnership has been supporting LOCOG since February 2012 to overcome remaining challenges. The area in which there has been less evident progress is environmental standards for farming, with a small selection of LEAF-Marque and organic certified foods planned to be served at the Games.
We have been busy winning the support of a range of public and private-sector catering organisations for Food Legacy standards inspired by the London 2012 Food Vision. Highlights include plans for a Festival and Street-Food traders Workshop in May. As part of the Food for Life Catering Mark’s partnership with Food Legacy, they have agreed to update their standards to include healthy eating, providing free drinking water, and excluding endangered fish. With immediate effect, this will improve school food procurement standards in 17 London Boroughs, and 4,700 schools nationwide; and also all future Food for Life Catering Mark institutions.
Other meetings and activities with stakeholders have included with Anaphylaxis Campaign, to publish food allergy risk assessment guidance notes for the catering sector and Healthier Catering Commitment, to integrate this work into Food Legacy advice, and many others.
We have contacted organisers of local and sustainable online supplier databases to help promote their work, alongside our own online Local Food Finder. This quarter, we have re-vamped the online Local Food Finder and database, presenting it in a new and user-friendly format and with enhanced search functions (including sustainability credentials).
Despite restrictions on communication due to London 2012 sponsorship arrangements, and communication officers in several organisations being frightened of lawyers, we have been successful in generating stories and achieving positive media coverage. We have also publicised over 20 case studies (www.foodlegacy.org/for_caterers/) to represent a range of health and sustainability themes, approaches and institutions. More will be collected and published over the coming months.