Delivering Healthy Business and Communities in the East of England

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 October 2004

Citation

Blades, M. (2004), "Delivering Healthy Business and Communities in the East of England", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 34 No. 5. https://doi.org/10.1108/nfs.2004.01734eac.001

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited


Delivering Healthy Business and Communities in the East of England

Delivering Healthy Business and Communities in the East of England

A seminar on Friday, 19 March 2004, 10 am to 3.15 pm at the Meetings Centre, Ely

In August 2003 the Government launched a major review of the way food and catering services are purchased by central and local government, hospitals, schools and prisons.

The review is based in sustainability – taking into account the full economic, environmental, social and community impacts of the food we buy. It raises issues about waste, energy consumption, animal welfare and healthy eating. It also means providing access to contract opportunities for small and local producers, directly or through intermediaries.

The review takes forward a key element of the Strategy for Sustainable Farming and Food, which builds on the findings of the Policy Commission. It is also part of the wider sustainable procurement agenda embraced by the National Strategy for Local Government.

The programme included:

  • What’s on the menu? Sustainable Public Food Systems: Context and Opportunities – Alan Bell (GO-East).

  • Causes of indigestion? Breakout session: Barriers to more sustainable food systems.

  • The Cornwall Experience. Supporting and developing local food for local patients. Nathan Harrow (Royal Cornwall NHS Trust).

  • Recipes for success. Panel Session: Alan Bell (Go-East), Dot Bane (Eostre Organics), Tully Wakeman (EAFL), Nathan Harrow (Royal Cornwall NHS Trust).

  • What’s your dream desert?Breakout session examining potential for action

  • Funds, resources and support. Having your cake and eating it too.