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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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The powerful mix of being in nature, being part of a group and taking part in meaningful nature based activities is what makes care farming so successful.

Foodbanks distribute airline surplus

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60 Harvests Left

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