Over 1,500 of you took part in the consultation on the London Food Strategy here on Talk London, from May until July 2018.
The strategy outlines the Mayor’s vision to help ensure all Londoners can access healthy, sustainable, affordable and culturally appropriate food, regardless of their circumstances and background. City Hall puts food at the heart of its agenda on economic fairness and social inclusion and is grateful to everyone who provided feedback and support throughout the consultation process.
The final strategy was published in December 2018. You can read more about the progress since the strategy’s launch in the Good Food for London report. We have summarised the key achievements below:
UNHEALTHY FOOD ADVERTS
In February 2019, London introduced a world-leading policy to restrict advertisements for food and drink products high in fat, salt and sugar across the Transport for London estate. This aims to reduce children’s exposure to unhealthy advertising, a measure supported by 82% of you.
Your feedback in our discussion on food choices back in 2018 has helped highlight the needs of London’s most vulnerable groups and prompted the Mayor and partners to measure food insecurity in London.
City Hall has now published the first measure of food insecurity in London. It showed that 1.6 million adults and 400,000 children struggle to afford or access a healthy, affordable diet and further research is now underway to understand more about the barriers older Londoners and disabled Londoners face in accessing appropriate food and how they are impacted by food insecurity.
The findings are helping to deliver more sustainable, long-term interventions to deal with the underlying causes of food insecurity and the Mayor has continued to support the Kitchen Social programme, which provides 10,000 children with more than 50,000 healthy meals each year to address children’s food insecurity during the summer holidays.
The Mayor has also supported ten boroughs to produce Food Poverty Action Plans, enabling a more strategic approach to address the underlying causes of food insecurity at a local level.
GOOD FOOD CITIES DECLARATION
London is one of 14 cities who signed the 2019 C40 Good Food Cities Declaration. This means cities will work in partnership to reduce consumption-based emissions of their food system, to help make the food system healthier for people and better for the planet.