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Sustain wins CIEH President's Award

Sustain has won the President's Award from the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health 'for an organisation that has made a significant contribution to environmental health', highlighting in particular our Good Food for Our Money campaign for health and environmental standards for public sector food.

Sustain staff Alex Jackson and Kath Dalmeny being presented with the 2011 CIEH President's AwardSustain is delighted to announce that that it has won an award from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). The President's Award "for an organisation that has made a significant contribution to environmental health" was presented to Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming on 18 May 2011 by CIEH President Stephen Battersby, at a reception hosted in the House of Lords by kind arrangement of CIEH Vice President Joan Walley MP.

Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming has worked closely with CIEH and Joan Walley MP over the past two years, developing the Good Food for Our Money campaign for mandatory health and sustainability standards for food served in public sector institutions such as schools, hospitals, care homes, local authorities and public service organisations. Each year the government spends £1 billion on food for the public sector - including in schools (£320m per year), hospitals (£300m per year), care homes and the armed forces (£195m per year). The Good Food for Our Money campaign, backed by over 60 national organisations, is calling on government to introduce mandatory health, animal welfare, ethical and environmental standards for this food.

The photograph shows Sustain's Alex Jackson and Kath Dalmeny (centre) accept the 2011 CIEH Presidents Award from CIEH's Stephen Battersby and Bob Foster (left and right) 

Sustain and CIEH, together with others from the London Food Board, and with the support of the London Mayor's food advisor Rosie Boycott, have also contributed to the development and promotion of healthy and sustainable food standards for food to be served at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, resulting in adoption by the London 2012 organising committee LOCOG of the London 2012 Food Vision - the first such standards for a major international sporting event.
 
"Sustain is delighted and honoured to accept this CIEH President's Award on behalf of all our members and supporters," said Kath Dalmeny, Sustain's Policy Director. "The Sustain alliance, of which CIEH is a valued member, promotes policies and practices to support a safer, healthier and more sustainable food system. At a time when there is so much concern about climate change, natural resource use - such as declining fish stocks - and the nation's health, it is important to celebrate the progress that has been made in putting food firmly on the government and industry agendas."
 
"CIEH's help has been invaluable in refining policy and gaining support in Parliament, particularly in the drafting and promotion of the Public Bodies (Sustainable Food) Bill championed by Joan Walley MP," said Alex Jackson, coordinator of Sustain's Good Food for Our Money campaign. "Applying robust standards to food bought with public money is important to demonstrate leadership, build a better market for healthy and sustainable food, and take decisive action to improve the food system and the nation's health."
 
For details of Sustain's work to improve food standards, in the public and private sectors, see:

 

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Published 24 May 2011

Good Food for Our Money Campaign: The Good Food for Our Money campaign ran from 2008 to 2011. After several notable successes, this campaign has now evolved to focus on winning healthy and sustainable food standards for hospital food, in parallel with Sustain's existing work on the Children's Food Campaign to secure healthy and sustainable food standards for school meals.

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