The London Food Strategy sets out the how the Mayor, and Londoners can best ensure that every Londoner has access to healthy, affordable and good food. After a public consultation between 11 May 2018 and 5 July 2018, the full strategy is now published.
Over 1,500 of you responded on a survey and discussions Talk London. The policy team have reviewed your feedback, input from stakeholder organisations and findings from London-wide representative polling.
Thanks again to all of you that took part. Here’s where your views made a difference to the strategy:
Chapter 1: Good food at home and reducing food insecurity
When considering what to eat, the most important considerations for Talk Londoners are choosing food that is healthy, followed by cost. You are keen to have cheap healthy food options on London’s high streets to help improve healthy eating in London. Your feedback in discussions has led to more reference to the needs of London’s most vulnerable groups and an action for the Mayor and partners to measure food insecurity in London.
Chapter 2: Good food economy – shopping, eating out and healthy access for all
The draft London Food Strategy proposed a ban on all adverts for unhealthy food and drink on the Transport for London network to help tackle child obesity. Talk Londoners were even more supportive of the ban than the wider London population – 82% of you support a ban, while 9% oppose. The final London Food Strategy includes restrictions of less healthy food advertising across the TfL network and includes additional measures to promote healthier food choices.
Chapter 3: Good food in community settings and public institutions
The London Food Strategy now has a target to install 100 water fountains by the end of 2021. In addition to the existing Refill stations in shops, cafés and other businesses across London, this will save millions of plastic bottles and make it easier to make healthy drink choices.
Chapter 4: Good food for pregnancy and childhood
13% of you hold schools and nurseries as primarily responsible for tackling child obesity, but this is less than the government (20%) and food and drinks industry (24%). The Mayor will continue to support healthy eating in schools and nurseries through his Healthy Schools London and Healthy Early Years programmes.
There is more support for giving local authorities the power to prevent new hot food takeaways from opening near schools among Talk London respondents (75% compared to 56% of the representative London sample). The draft London Plan sets out proposals to ban new hot food takeaways within 400m of existing or proposed schools. The Mayor has also committed to support breastfeeding in London for women that wish to do so.
Chapter 5: Good food growing, community gardening and urban farming
Growing your own food is increasingly popular among Londoners. 27% of Talk London respondents grow their own food, and a further 19% plan to do so. The final London Food Strategy adds actions for local authorities on allotment spaces and healthcare professionals to consider community gardening as part of social prescribing for patients.
Chapter 6: Good food for the environment
You highlighted ‘Impact on the environment’, ‘food from ethical sources’, and ‘food from local sources’ among the most important considerations when deciding which food to buy from shops or supermarkets. Meanwhile, 78% of Talk London respondents currently try to reduce and recycle their food waste. The London Food Strategy acknowledges this feedback, adding a target for a 50% reduction of food waste, and the Mayor will lead by example by promoting sustainably and ethically sourced food across the GLA group.
The Mayor, the London Food Board, the London Assembly and partner organisations across London have committed to actions to improve food in London. We will keep you updated.
Thanks again for joining in and sharing your views!