Year of Food and Farming for schools confirmed

by 5m Editor
29 November 2006, at 10:19am

UK - Plans for a Year of Food and Farming in schools are set to be revealed by DEFRA secretary David Miliband.

Starting in September 2007, the Year of Food and Farming will aim to involve all schools in England.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will act as Patron for the initiative, which is being led by the food and farming industry, and supported by DEFRA, Department for Education and Skills and the Department of Health.

Mr Miliband said: “As consumers we have a great deal of power when it comes to buying food. As well as influencing our health, the choices we make really do make a difference to our countryside, the environment, and to tackling the biggest challenge we all face: climate change.

“Consumers need to make informed choices, and where better to start than in educating the next generation.” The year will also look at how to increase opportunities for local food producers to supply schools, and other public services.

Mr Miliband said: “The public sector spends around £2 billion on food and catering services each year - this represents a fantastic opportunity for producers. The government’s announcement in September of a further £240 million to continue to subsidise healthy ingredients in school food until 2011 is also good news.

Source: FWi

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