Mystery of food used in school meals
Emily Dugan is social affairs correspondent for The Independent, i and Independent on Sunday, covering Sarah Cassidy’s maternity leave. She was previously a news reporter for The Independent on Sunday. Her investigations into human trafficking have twice been awarded Best Investigative Article at the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards and her human rights journalism was shortlisted for the Gaby Rado Memorial prize at the 2012 Amnesty Media Awards.
Sunday 13 November 2011
Two-thirds of Britain's schools do not know where the food in pupils' meals comes from, a study by the Countryside Alliance will say tomorrow.
Despite campaigns by Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for schools to use more local produce, only 60 out of 172 Local Education Authorities – which procure food for schools – knew the country of origin of the food served.
Public support for buying school meals locally is high – a survey by YouGov reveals that 61 per cent of people say schools should buy British meat even if it costs more.
Alice Barnard, of the Countryside Alliance Foundation, said: "Too often, the public sector turns to foreign suppliers for cheap goods. But if more schools used local producers, they would be investing in higher-quality meals and help to keep their children healthy."
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