Following feedback from thousands of you on the priorities for a new strategy to guide our city’s approach to food and the social issues around food, the final document is now available.
During the summer 150 stakeholders and thousands of Londoners gave their feedback on the plan to ensure the final strategy is robust, ambitious and inclusive to reflect the food needs of all. This included London Food Link feeding back on the strategy, and in particular our supporters getting behind the Mayor’s ambitious proposal to ban junk food advertising on the TFL network.
After 18 months in the making, the final strategy is now live and available to view.
Claire Pritchard, Chair of London Food Board says: “The Mayor, London Food Board and I are delighted to announce the launch of the London Food Strategy today, the first Mayoral strategy for food in London since 2006. It puts good food at the heart of London’s approach to some of the biggest issues we face, including child obesity, food insecurity and climate change. That’s because we know that good food can help improve health and wellbeing, provide rewarding job and skills opportunities, build stronger communities and help protect the environment. The strategy aims to help all Londoners access healthy, affordable and sustainable food - regardless of their background or circumstances.”
The Food Strategy covers six main themes for good food:
- Home, and Reducing Food Insecurity
- Economy, Shopping and Eating Out
- Community Settings and Public Institutions
- Pregnancy and Childhood
- Growing, Community Gardening and Urban Farming
The next step will be to look out how the strategy can be delivered through working with boroughs, businesses, the third sector and Londoners.
“We are delighted that the Mayor has recognised how strongly food links with his social fairness and economic equality agenda, and that the London Food Strategy mirrors London Food Link’s mission through its aim to ensure all Londoners have access to healthy, affordable and sustainable food. We look forward to being part of making this happen” Commented Sarah Williams, Sustain’s Programme Director and member of the London Food Board.
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Published 12 Dec 2018
London Food Link: This is the umbrella for all of Sustain's initiatives in London. Our work includes helping to influence local government policy, hands-on food growing training, running sessions for public sector caterers, creating guidance for independent eateries and food producers, public awareness campaigns, and joining the dots between people around specific food issues. The LFL supporter network is open to everyone who grows, produces, teaches, peddles, promotes and simply enjoys good food in the capital.
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