Environment Secretary launches locally-sourced food plan in Richmond

Healthy living: Zac Goldsmith with kids at an event last year

Healthy living: Zac Goldsmith with kids at an event last year

First published in News Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Schoolchildren, hospital patients and soldiers will benefit from more locally-sourced food as part of a Government initiative.

The plan was launched in Richmond by Environment Secretary Liz Truss after the borough showed it was keen to raise school food standards through projects such as School Food Matters, which Zac Goldmith championed.

The MP for Richmond Park Zac Goldsmith said: "We spend well over £2bn on food for schools and hospitals, and should of course be using that money to support sustainable British farmers, provide children and patients with good quality sustainable food, and cut food miles substantially.

"I have campaigned on this issue in Parliament a great deal, and I’m absolutely thrilled we’re finally seeing progress."

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4:37pm Thu 24 Jul 14

metis says...

'The MP for Richmond Park Zac Goldsmith said: "We spend well over £2bn on food for schools and hospitals, and should of course be using that money to support sustainable British farmers, provide children and patients with good quality sustainable food, and cut food miles substantially.'

I think this would happen quite naturally, if farmers were not micro managed, heavily subsidized and over regulated by the E.U. to grow specific crops (I'm thinking Bio-ethanol etc). Left to their own devices I am sure they would be willing to cater to local demand.
'The MP for Richmond Park Zac Goldsmith said: "We spend well over £2bn on food for schools and hospitals, and should of course be using that money to support sustainable British farmers, provide children and patients with good quality sustainable food, and cut food miles substantially.' I think this would happen quite naturally, if farmers were not micro managed, heavily subsidized and over regulated by the E.U. to grow specific crops (I'm thinking Bio-ethanol etc). Left to their own devices I am sure they would be willing to cater to local demand. metis
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11:54pm Sat 26 Jul 14

metis says...

I do wonder whether this is just preparing the ground for this;
http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/business-28495
631
A new tax on supermarkets -making food prices more expensive!!
The key word is “sustainability”
. That’s always code for expanding government and (usually) increasing taxes.
I do wonder whether this is just preparing the ground for this; http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/business-28495 631 A new tax on supermarkets -making food prices more expensive!! The key word is “sustainability” . That’s always code for expanding government and (usually) increasing taxes. metis
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