A full National Food Strategy was to be published Henry Dimbleby and his team in June. But Covid 19 has changed both its timing and content.
The new ‘Part One’ Food Strategy was launched on 29 July: the Lincoln Food Partnership was invited to the launch as a consultee to the report.
The Strategy addresses two issues, the first prioritised explicitly by Covid – how to feed our most disadvantaged children well – through more free school meals, more Healthy Start vouchers and orchestrated holiday food activity.
The second theme is about international food trade in the light of Brexit: we must strike food deals that improve food quality and the environment. Our new-found food sovereignty allows us to do this in a more controlled way than even when we were in the EU. We mustn’t squander this opportunity.
The report is free to download and is good to absorb as it offers some compelling data on the state of the food nation and those who consume it. The executive summary and summary of recommendations are short and digestible too, if you do not have time for a fuller read.
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 […]