Sunday, 20th May 2012
UK: Sustainable Food
Source: House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (UK)
The Government must develop a joined-up strategy to change the UK's unhealthy and environmentally damaging food system, as fears mount about global food security, MPs on the Commons Environmental Audit Committee warn.
The Environmental Audit Committee's Sustainable Food report recommends that:
stricter advertising limits protect children from junk food marketing on all media including the internet
food skills, such as cooking and gardening, should be part of the curriculum in all schools
new national planning policy guidance for Local Authorities should ensure communities have access to healthy food and land to grow their own produce
Government Buying Standards for food must be improved on meat and dairy and extended to cover hospitals, prisons and schools
the Office of Fair Trading's remit should be amended so supermarkets are not blocked from cooperating on sustainability initiatives;
Government should examine the scope for simple and consistent labelling on the sustainability of food products
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