Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and Jenny Jones, Chair of London Food and Green Party Assembly Member, today launched London’s first ever strategy designed to improve food in the capital and reduce the environmental impact of the food industry.
‘Healthy and Sustainable Food for London’ is designed to provide an overview of London’s food infrastructure and recommends a range of actions to improve Londoners’ health through better diet and by increasing the choice, availability and quality of food for all, especially the most disadvantaged.
Ken Livingstone warned that “the effects of our food habits are increasingly clear. Obesity levels are rising and many people don’t have easy access to healthy and nutritious food. There are aspects of London’s food system which are wasting resources and contributing to climate change.
Jenny Jones AM, Chair of London Food, said that “Londoners want food that is good for them, good for the planet, and good for the people who produce it.” adding that the “strategy is a radical vision of how London can become a healthier, happier and greener city by encouraging the capital’s food system to focus on good quality fresh, seasonal, local, and fair trade produce.”
The London Food Strategy will be backed up with a budget of £3.87m over the next three years from the London Development Agency and is available online at: www.londonfoodstrategy.org.uk