Sadiq Khan unveils his new London Food BoardFri 05 2017 | admin
The Mayor of London, has announced today the team which will help him cut food waste and tackle food poverty across the capital. Chaired by Rosie Boycott, the new London Food Board will advise the Mayor on food policy, the GLA’s own Food Programme, and developing and delivering the new London Food Strategy, which will be published later this year.
It will also work closely with partner organisations – such as retailers, producers and suppliers – to make significant improvements to London’s food system.
Members include leading figures from food production, retail, hospitality, healthcare, education, academia and food charities.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London is one of the greatest cities in the world for food. We have vibrant restaurant and street food scenes which rival anywhere in the world. This sector is also an important part of our city’s economy and a source of thousands of jobs, not to mention a major draw for the millions of visitors who come here from around the world.
“But the reality is too often the food system does not work well for all Londoners. Food is a key part of my social fairness agenda – it has a direct impact on people’s life chances in terms of health, academic attainment and economic productivity in adulthood.
“It can’t be right that in a city as prosperous as London that, on the one hand, so many people have to use food banks while, on the other, so much perfectly edible food is simply thrown away.
“My new London Food Board includes some of the best and brightest from across this sector. I’m looking forward to seeing how the members’ wealth of knowledge and experience will help us make London a world-leader in effective food policy.”
Rosie Boycott, chair of the London Food Board, said: “The new London Food Board puts the Mayor and the capital in a great position to tackle some of the complex problems which exist in this area, not least tackling food poverty and food waste. We will be developing a new Mayoral London Food Strategy integrating food across all the areas it impacts, and I’m confident the Board’s members will bring their expertise to bear on this and many other issues.”
We are glad to report that the Mayor’s team are already out and about talking with the hospitality and catering industry. Mark Ainsbury, Principal Policy Officer – Food, Greater London Authority, and his colleague Anna Morell attended the H&C News supply chain roundtable last Tuesday. Cutting food waste and tackling food poverty were two of the topics discussed in detail on the day.
Held at Cyrus Todiwala’s Café Spice Namaste both Mark and Anna contributed to a lively discussion. Mark said: “Our attendance at the roundtable, has been extremely valuable in forming new partnerships and hearing about the priorities of people across the hospitality sector. We look forward to being involved in work to take this forward, including on how we can develop the skills agenda to meet future challenges faced by the industry”.
Host Cyrus Todiwala OBE was equally enthused by discussions and debates on the day and said: “Working with H&C News and our sponsors, the Norwegian Seafood Council and Partners In Purchasing, we brought together like-minded people from across our industry to talk about the food supply chain. We were particularly pleased that Mark and Anna joined us to discuss many different supply chain topics and how it effects London food policy”.