London Food Board (4)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3543
Question By: 
Brian Coleman
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Is there any benefit to having a Food Board? Could we also create a "Cheese Board" for London on which various "Big Cheeses" could sit?

Answer

Answer for London Food Board (4)

Answer for London Food Board (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am extremely passionate about food and how we ensure all Londoners have better access to good, healthy and affordable food. I also want Londoners to benefit from the enjoyment of cultivating beautiful green spaces for food growing alongside the social aspects of meeting and working with people in their locality. There is a tremendous upsurge of interest in food in response to concerns about food prices, food miles and the environment.

The current Food Board brings together leading figures from the food industry, agriculture, community groups and government. It aims to push the envelope in terms of what is possible in relation to food supply and quality of food available to Londoners particularly the interrelationship with social cohesion and health.

Under the auspices of the GLA its ambition is to operate as highly effective innovation/incubation group, generating ideas, mobilising and facilitating proof of concept/piloting projects before passing the baton to other bodies with the motivation and resources to scale up and sustain these in the future.