Good Food for London 2011

The 2011 Good Food for London report provides maps of London's 33 Boroughs to reveal how London Boroughs are taking action to help create a healthy and sustainable food system, for the benefit of everyone. It assesses London Borough progress on issues such as community food growing, school food, food waste, encouraging food outlets to serve healthier food, and buying ethical products, including Fairtrade, free range eggs and sustainable fish.

17/11/2011
London Food Link
30pp - 2011

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This report was compiled by London Food Link, a network run by Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, with contributions from many independent organisations that promote healthy and sustainable food, several members of the London Food Board and the London Food Board’s Chair, Rosie Boycott. It was published in November 2011.

The Good Food for London maps reveal that some London Boroughs are showing real leadership on several food issues – particularly Islington and Richmond, and also Camden, Croydon, Enfield, Greenwich, Merton, Sutton, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

The maps also challenge other Boroughs to follow their good example and take more action to help create a healthy and sustainable food system, for the benefit of everyone. If all London Boroughs took the simple, affordable and effective action in this report, it would significantly improve the health of Londoners, the livelihoods of the farmers and other food providers, and the sustainability of the food system on which we all depend.

For the first seven key food issues listed in the contents (see below), we have also provided maps showing how London Boroughs are already making progress. Each of these issues is also supported by a programme or organisation that can help boroughs to implement change. For the other key food issues, we have not provided maps – either because there is no easily available data, or because it is not easy to represent existing data on a map.

We repeated this process in 2012 to track progress, see: www.sustainweb.org/publications/?id=249. Find out more about the great work going on in London to promote healthy and sustainable food at: www.londonfoodlink.org.

 

Report contents

  • Introduction
  • Which London Boroughs are showing leadership?
  • Maps of action London boroughs are taking to support healthy and sustainable food
    • Community food growing
    • Food for Life in schools
    • Fairtrade
    • Sustainable fish
    • Animal welfare
    • Food waste
    • Healthier catering

Information about additional action London Boroughs are taking to support healthy and sustainable food, which we may map in future.

  • Improving health: promote healthier food
  • Supporting farmers: buy local and seasonal food
  • Reducing poverty: pay the Living Wage
  • Saving money: help institutions and residents buy good food cost-effectively
  • Building skills: train catering staff
  • Protecting consumers: ensure food safety
  • Promoting local shopping: support local shops and markets
  • Planning ahead: promote good food planning
  • How Borough action will help achieve a healthy and sustainable food legacy from London 2012
 

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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Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.