The Dynamic Food Procurement National Advisory Board (a mouthful in itself!) has the aim to divert a third of all public sector spending on food and drink, to fresh local produce from sustainable local SMEs producers.
It seeks to achieve this within three years.
It is a Board not without influence: it contains members from Government Departments, Local Authorities, the Soil Association and Sustain.
They published, in March 2020:
A Manifesto for a resilient, adaptable and sustainable UK food system: Fast lessons from COVID-19, calling for:
- Local food procurement by schools, hospitals, care homes, prisons and the armed services across the UK;
- Certainty, to allow local food provision planning;
- Supply made conditional upon sustainable production methods;
- Short ‘food miles’ across production, processing and consumption;
- Identification of public sector food demands and wide publicity.
These are radical ideas that suggest considerable change in local food supply chains.
The full report can be read here.
Local food news from our blog
Most of us in Lincolnshire, most of the time, consume uniform baked products, produced on an industrial scale by workers we will never meet. But it’s not the only choice available to us. We went to meet three highly skilled and passionate bakers, who are baking fresh each day on Lincoln High Street. It’s a […]
For fruit and vegetable crops – I’m talking the 7-a-day stuff that most of us need way more of in our diets – it’s a completely different story.
Just a few acres, with polytunnels or glasshouses require constant tending, and can employ numerous people doing skilled, interesting, rewarding, socially useful jobs.
Fruit and vegetables don’t necessarily need much processing before they reach our plates. We want to eat them fresh – the fresher the better!
It would make sense, then, that the most labour intensive, perishable, unprocessed foods are grown in close proximity to urban areas.
Greater Lincolnshire has become the latest place to win a prestigious Sustainable Food Places award. The award recognises Greater Lincolnshire Food Partnership’s work to promote healthy, sustainable and local food and to tackle some of today’s greatest social challenges, from food poverty and diet-related ill-health to the disappearance of family farms and the loss of […]