Should the public sector buy local food?

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.


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HMP North Sea Camp

Farms need people.

Fewer EU workers and the Covid-19 pandemic have left a gaping hole in the number of agricultural land workers.

HMP North Sea Camp – a men’s open prison on the Lincolnshire coast – provides training and work experience to prisoners, including agricultural, horticultural and other food-related work.

This presents a particular opportunity for Lincolnshire employers in the food and farming sector to contribute powerfully to the future of prison leavers as well as increasing the safety of our communities in the future.

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