Seafood company backs healthy eating event – Fishupdate.com

Seafood company backs healthy eating event Published:  04 May, 2007

Hugh Raven

FOOD companies including Loch Fyne Oysters are sponsoring the first conference in Scotland to focus primarily on the role of public catering in delivering both health and environmental benefits, particularly school meals.

‘What’s for Lunch? Putting food at the heart of the curriculum’ is Soil Association Scotland’s largest and most important conference to date.

A range of speakers will highlight best practice in Scottish public catering, where healthy meals and the local sourcing of sustainably produced ingredients are bringing public health, economic and environmental benefits to local communities.

The event will also introduce a new audience to Food for Life Scotland (FFL Scotland), Soil Association Scotland’s school meals programme that is being successfully piloted in schools across Scotland, and which has been endorsed by the Scottish Executive. Compelling arguments by Soil Association Scotland and Scottish Environment LINK have encouraged Scotland’s political parties to reconsider their public procurement policies. Scottish Labour and the Scottish Green Party have made firm manifesto commitments to tackle poor diet and food poverty in Scotland and increase the amount of local, unprocessed and organic food within public catering, including schools and hospitals.

The one-day conference will be held at Celtic Park, Glasgow, on June 14 and is aimed at professionals working in public health, education, procurement, policy-making and catering. The event is also a chance to celebrate the work of catering teams involved in FFL Scotland pilots across the country. Five teams will be cooking up a range of delicious lunches for delegates to enjoy on the day.

Commenting, Pam Rodway, Food for Life Scotland manager said: “Our speakers will be exploring the links between our food choices and how they affect our health and the environment. It’s an important connection.

“We cannot expect people to change their eating habits unless they understand the reasons for doing so – for that reason, food must be a core part of the Scottish curriculum.

“Delegates will get the inside story of Food for Life Scotland. They will meet inspirational people who consider the provision of healthy school meals as more than a job. And they will leave with contacts, ideas and, we hope, the desire to make a difference to the public institutions that they serve.”

Hugh Raven, Soil Association Scotland’s director, said: “It has been highly encouraging to see a commitment from Scotland’s political parties to provide healthy, sustainably sourced meals within public catering in the future.”

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