Merton scores high in Good Food for London report

Merton Council has been commended for ‘making excellent progress’ in the Good Food for London report announced last week.

The London Food Link report examined seven key food issues across all London boroughs to create a league table of those promoting healthy and sustainable food. The areas examined were community food growing, fair-trade food, food for life in schools, sustainable fish, good farm animal welfare awards, healthier catering commitment and food waste.

Merton, along with Camden, Croydon, Enfield, Greenwich, Sutton, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest marked progress on all or most of the key areas surveyed.

Ben Reynolds, Director of the London Food Link network that carried out the survey said: “London Boroughs have a highly influential role to play in ensuring that the food we eat is safe, healthy and good for farmers and the planet. If all London boroughs took the simple, affordable and effective action that we surveyed, it would significantly improve the health and well-being of Londoners, the livelihoods of farmers and other food providers, and the sustainability of the food system on which we all depend.”

Cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge said: ‘It’s great to be recognised for our hard work in this area. We are working closely with organisations to reduce our food waste, and are the proud owners of a Good Egg award for using higher welfare meat, eggs and dairy within our schools. We were also one of the first London Boroughs to sign up to the Healthy Catering Commitment Scheme, targeting takeaways close to schools, and the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, making it easier for customers to choose places with good hygiene standards. We carefully consider the environmental impact of our work and look for ways to become more sustainable.’

For the full Good Food for London report visit http://www.londonfoodlink.org.

Notes to editors:

The Good Food for London report is published by London Food Link (www.londonfoodlink.org), a network of people and organisations working to promote healthy and sustainable food for London, with support from independent organisations that promote healthy and sustainable food, members of the London Food Board and the Chair of the London Food Board, Rosie Boycott. The Good Food for London report can be downloaded at http://www.sustainweb.org/londonfoodlink/good_food_for_london/, where maps comparing London Borough progress on key food issues can be explored online. London Food Link is a project of Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, a registered charity no. 1018643.
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London Borough of Merton

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