Chef and food campaigner Jamie Oliver, who attacked Education Secretary Michael Gove on Sunday over food standards in academy schools, would find real sustenance in the Green Party’s policies on school dinners.
Greens would ensure that funding is available for all schools to have their own kitchens, producing fresh, tasty and nutritious lunches every day.
They would also require all schools to provide an area for children to learn how to grow food and include food and farming in the curriculum.
Keith M Ross, Green Party Candidate for Uplands, said, “Green food policies are just what the doctor ordered. The importance of promoting children’s health is widely recognised. Obesity and ill health caused by diet place large future burdens on the health service. It’s extraordinary that Michael Gove could be so short sighted.”
Oliver said in the Observer Food Monthly, “This mantra that we are not going to tell (academy) schools what to do just isn’t good enough in the midst of the biggest obesity epidemic ever. The public health of five million children should not be left to luck or chance.”
Oliver also accused academies of making money from vending machines packed with sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks. Greens would remove all junk food and drinks vending machines and reduce fast food outlets near schools by requiring boroughs to create exclusion zones around schools where fast food shops aren’t allowed.
Keith Ross continued, “Greens would also look to reduce food miles by greater use of local produce in schools and public buildings; thus boosting the local economy, ensuring that children get fresh healthy food at school, and cutting carbon emissions at the same time.”
For Green Party Food and Agriculture Policy see: http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/fa#FA230