Sustainable Food Strategy
The Draft Sustainable Food Strategy was developed in direct response to what residents told us during the consultation for the Greenest Borough Strategy. Since then we have been working closely with a steering group of residents from Haringey community groups, campaigning organisations and other local stakeholders.
The Draft Strategy has 5 proposed aims, and looks to address the links between production of food, transport and waste, and healthy eating. The aims as set out in the draft are:
- Increase awareness of healthy and sustainable food
- Increase food growing in Haringey
- Increase availability of sustainable food within local enterprise
- Reduce food waste
- Ensure the public sector leads by example
A consultation was held to gain feedback from the wider community about the Draft Sustainable Food Strategy. The consultation is now closed and a summary is given below.
1. Who was consulted?
In addition to making the consultation publicly available to residents and local businesses, the following groups were contacted during the consultation period:
The consultation consisted of electronic and paper consultation questions sent to specific groups as highlighted above and made available online for a wider audience. Many of the groups then distributed the information through their mailing lists. Face-to-face discussions and telephone conversations also contributed to the consultation.
3. Summary of responses
The consultation ran for 5 weeks until 12 January 2011 and was aimed at interested groups across the whole borough rather than a specific geographical area. 40 individual responses were received in addition to more detailed feedback from the following regional/national bodies:
- Capital Growth
- London Food Link
- Slow Food UK
- Food For Life Partnership
- Soil Association
4. Summary of findings
The term ‘sustainable food’ was open to interpretation but the top four terms associated with it were:
- Local (80 percent of respondents)
- Seasonal (65 percent of respondents)
- Organic (37.5 percent of respondents)
- Healthy (25 percent of respondents)
There was strong agreement for all of the aims and priorities included in the draft and the aims were ranked as follows:
- Reduce food waste (90 percent of respondents)
- Increase awareness of healthy and sustainable food (87.5 percent of respondents)
- Increase availability of sustainable food within local enterprise (85 percent of respondents)
- Ensure the public sector leads by example (80 percent of respondents)
- Increase food growing in Haringey (70 percent of respondents)
More detailed feedback related to the following broad areas:
- The role of restaurants and caterers given that over 50 percent of meals in London are eaten outside of the home and this sector often lags behind others in terms of sustainability
- The role of planning to aid the creation of new growing spaces and 'food access'
- Specific food issues such as the promotion of sustainable fish
- Educational programmes that may compliment existing initiatives such as Slow Food UK's 'Taste Adventure'
- The ongoing promotion of tap water to reduce the use of bottled water
- Farmers market support for the extensive borough-wide interest in this agenda
5. Next steps
There were a number of comments, corrections and additional points for discussion that were raised through the consultation process. These will be raised during the finalisation of the strategy in conjunction with the Sustainable Food Steering Group.
- For more detailed information, please read the Sustainable Food Strategy - consultation draft (PDF, 3MB)
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