The report explains why government must introduce mandatory health, environmental, animal welfare and ethical standards for public sector food. It is co-written by a number of authors who are experts in their respective fields.
This report, published in support of Sustain's Good Food for Our Money campaign, has a single, simple message: that the only way to achieve a radical improvement in public sector food – for example in our schools, hospitals and care homes – is for government to introduce a new law which sets high, and rising standards for the food served.
The food that we buy causes a lot of harm, where it could be doing so much good. Nowhere is this more important that in the public sector, where government spends more than £2 billion of taxpayers’ money on more than 1 billion meals served in public organisations each year.
This report is co-written by experts in a number of fields. In their contributions, they outline how improvements in public sector food could revolutionise the way that we buy and consume food in this country – so that it is good for our health, protects the environment and invests in wider social benefits. Each author stands united that, if we are to make this improvement, standards for public sector food must be set in law.
In 2012, Sustain launched the Campaign for Better Hospital Food. Please get involved to help win compulsory health and sustainability standards for food served in hospitals!
"The government must take decisive action to ensure that the food it purchases invests in a solution to the problems we face rather than causing or perpetuating those problems. This is not telling people what to do, but setting out clear criteria for judging. Call it setting the levels for the level playing field, if you like. Investing in food can even pay for itself by reducing costs caused by ill health and damage to the environment."
Professor Tim Lang, Centre for Food Policy, City University London
Good Food for Our Money Campaign
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