Public sector should 'use more' UK-produced food
Government departments need to increase their efforts to encourage sustainability in their food purchases, according to a leading political party.
Only two-fifths of the food used in both the Treasury and Revenue and Customs is produced in the UK, while 43 per cent of food consumed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is sourced from UK producers, the Welsh Liberal Democrats told FarmingLife.com.
Issues regarding sustainable procurement of meat were particularly pressing, the group said, with only 13 per cent of the lamb used by the MoD coming from UK farmers.
At the same time, departments including the Department for International Development and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs sourced 75 per cent of their food requirements from the UK.
"What strikes me most about these figures is the huge variety that exists between departments in whether or not their food comes from the UK," Roger Williams MP told the website.
In 2003, the government introduced the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative, aiming to encourage government departments to encourage local, sustainable purchasing of their food needs.
Article Date: 11 December 2007
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