London Food, represents the diversity of London’s food system and helped develop and deliver a London Food Strategy to improve the health of Londoners and make London’s food sustainable over the ten years to 2016.
London Food was chaired by London Assembly member Jenny Jones and funded through the London Development Agency (LDA).
The Mayor’s Food Strategy, Healthy and Sustainable Food for London, was launched in May 2006 and is predicated on a simple observation: that the ‘food system’ in the capital is not functioning in a way that is consistent with the ambition that London should be a world-class, sustainable city.
Food Implementation Steering Group (FIG)
The strategy has an implementation steering group comprising key members of London Food allied with business representatives to ensure that the implementation of the strategy is as successful and comprehensive as possible. FIG meets every 3 months. Further information.
The Mayors Food Strategy: Healthy and Sustainable Food for London
This implementation plan sets out how the Mayor’s vision for a healthier London can be achieved, through work taken forward by the London Development Agency and its partners. More information on the Strategy.
The London Food Strategy focuses on five themes; health, environment, economy, social/cultural and security.
These themes capture the breadth of issues affecting food and affected by food, and incorporate the Mayor’s cross-cutting themes of health, equality and sustainability.
Corresponding to these five themes, the London Food Strategy has five broad objectives. They are to:
improve Londoners’ health and reduce health inequalities via the food they eat
reduce the negative environmental impacts of London’s food system
support a vibrant food economy
celebrate and promote London’s food culture
develop London’s food security.
A Vision for London
In light of the strategic objectives, the Mayor and the London Food Board have a vision of a world-class, sustainable food system for London.
“In 2016, London’s residents, employees and visitors, together with public, private and voluntary sector organisations will:
take responsibility for the health, environmental, economic, social, cultural and security impacts resulting from the food choices that they make, and their role in ensuring that food and farming are an integrated part of modern life
demonstrate respect for all the many elements involved in the provision of their food, and respect fairly the environment, the people, the welfare of animals, the businesses and others involved in providing their food
be more conscious of the resources used in growing, processing, distributing, selling, preparing and disposing of their food, and be more engaged in minimising any negative impacts arising from this resource use
benefit from the results of this effort, such that all Londoners have ready access to an adequate, safe, nutritious and affordable diet that meets their health, cultural and other needs, and better protects the environments in which we live and those which we visit.”
The Mayor’s Food Strategy Implementation Plan
This implementation plan sets out how the Mayor’s vision for a healthier London can be achieved, through work taken forward by the London Development Agency and its partners. More information on the Implementation Plan. More information on the Implementation Plan.
Public Consultation and Health and Equalities Impact Assessments
The completion of the strategy followed a public consultation which ended in December 2005, the findings broadly agreed with the draft strategy.