Mystery of food used in school meals
Emily Dugan is Social Affairs Editor for The Independent, i and Independent on Sunday. 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. Emily is on sabbatical until March 2015
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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