The Mayor is inviting feedback on his draft London Environment Strategy by midnight Friday 17th November. This is your chance to ensure good food is on London's policy agenda.
The strategy has set out the Mayor’s priorities covering air quality, threatened greenspaces, declining wildlife and flood risk, to growing energy demands and water scarcity. These are are all clearly pressing issues but as we know food not only contributes to environmental issues such as climate change, but also provides many solutions, such as the contribution Capital Growth food growing spaces have made to biodiversity in the capital.
While we welcome many of the objectives set out by the Mayor, London Food Link believes that the link between food and environment has not been made clear and there is more opportunity within this statutory strategy to incorporate food policy and initiatives that can have a positive outcome on London’s environment.
Have your say
Whether you're responding as an individual or organisation, we would love you to echo our main suggestions below about what's missing. Deadline Friday 17 November.
They are encouraging people to answer specific questions but there is also an option to upload an additional document. If you want to go into more detail please feel free to reinforce any elements that you agree with from the detailed response wehave drafted.
The strategy - which can be read here - covers a variety of proposals. In particular, it:
Overall we think that the Mayor could deliver stronger leadership and be more ambitious. We also feel that the link between health and environment is not made strongly and that there could be more integration or reference to other strategies, particularly how this statutory strategy could support some of the other non-statutory strategies such as the food strategy. Beyond this, the main points we want to make are:
This response has been drafted by the London Food Link team at Sustain. To support our work as the voice for good food in London, please join us.
London Food Link
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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