Response to draft London food Strategy

The Mayor published his Draft London Food Strategy for consultation in May 2018.

We are fortunate that in London, you can see on the shelves of supermarkets and local shops, an abundance of food, from every corner of the globe. We have cafés, restaurants and market stalls providing the ingredients or cuisine of every nationality represented in this great city.

More than just being a route to other cultures and a way to bring people together, food is also the most basic of human rights. Yet we are seeing too many Londoners without access to good, affordable and healthy food. The recent statistics from the Trussell Trust demonstrate the extent to which people are now relying on emergency food parcels from food banks to feed themselves and their children. Alongside this, obesity is a growing issue and worryingly, one in four 10 and 11-year olds are now overweight or obese, reflecting the stark fact that access to affordable healthy food, continues to be a struggle.

I welcome the Mayor’s strategy dedicated to food policy. You can see comments on the strategy’s policies and policy issues in the document.

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