As part of its work to spread sustainability, CLS in Dorset has worked in conjunction with WSX Enterprise to bring you this Good Practice Guide for Food Businesses, with sections on saving money by saving water and energy, reducing food waste, involving staff and telling customers. Chair of Bridport Local Food Group Jay Anderson commented: “This is a useful guide that will be a good reminder/check list of simple actions many people should already be aware of.”
Sustained and wide-scale public education and incentives all along the food chain are absolutely key to driving the cultural change required to achieve the vision of sustainable farming and eating for everyone.
This was the unanimous conclusion of delegates at the Square Meal Debate, a ground-breaking event, convened by Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) in Dorset during Dorset Food Week 2015.
Designed to push diet, public health and farming into the public eye locally and to expressly call for partnership, collaboration, leadership and political will, our event was one of the first such regional debates of its kind.
“In 2016 we need to secure commitments from key partners to build on the foundations laid by CLS for joined up thinking about food policy and public education in Dorset,” says Linda Hull, food co-ordinator for CLS. “Square Meal showed just how much interest, enthusiasm and need there is for collaborative working. The trick now will be to turn this energy into action.”Watch the presentations from keynote speakers and read the report detailing the event’s findings, outcomes and plan for next steps. If you would like to be involved in campaigning to secure a Square Meal for Dorset, please get in touch with Linda Hull via firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07834 561219
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Securing a Square Meal for Dorset moved a step closer recently as Councillor Rebecca Knox calls for all members of the Health and Well being Board to prepare a statement on how their organisations procure food supplies.
In a recent communique to the Health and Well being Board, Cllr Knox posed this question: “Do all the bodies we represent seek to source food as locally as possible to Dorset, or from Dorset 100%, to support the local economy and provide fresh and healthy food?”
Cllr Knox, who chairs the Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board, is following up on the commitment she made to investigate opportunities to increase public procurement of locally produced food during the recent Square Meal Debate, organised under the banner of Communities Living Sustainably and hosted at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester.
The Square Meal Debate called for a new approach to food and farming policy which recognises that many of the most pressing health, food, farming, and environmental problems we face – and their solutions – go hand-in-hand. The event called for leadership, collaboration and political will to move this agenda forward.
Spokesperson for CLS, Linda Hull, said: “We welcome Cllr Knox’s call for these procurement principles to be declared following the Square Meal Debate. If 10% of public sector spend on food in Dorset could be shifted towards shorter supply chains it would make a tremendous difference to the local economy.”
These statements are due by mid March and will enable the Health and Wellbeing Board to see where action might be reviewed to deliver more fresh, healthy, locally sourced food in public sector settings.
Watch the five minute film, read the event report