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In the mOOd for food - Enfield Council launches its Food Strategy

Published Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Do you ‘live to eat’ or ‘eat to live’? Enfield Council hopes to whet the appetite of local people with the launch of its Food Strategy consultation, to get as many people as possible in the borough to share their ideas about food and growing their own produce.

In The Mood For Food

Enfield Council's Food Strategy aims to increase the production and consumption of healthy, sustainable food in Enfield. As one of London's greenest boroughs, we have lots of farmland, allotments and growing spaces. The Council is encouraging residents to reduce food waste, and buy locally and in season in an effort to tackle climate change.

Did you know that Enfield is home to a thriving food sector? Small scale producers, wholesalers and large, nationally known food businesses have factories and distribution centres here, which together with the farms and restaurants across the borough provide thousands of jobs for local people.

The Food Strategy will strengthen existing networks to increase business between local suppliers, local restaurants and national buyers.

As part of the Food Strategy, the Council will continue to encourage healthier eating and help to address food-related health inequalities caused by a poor diet. Last year Enfield Council was one of the first 15 organisations to receive the 'Good Food on the Public Plate' award recognising the Council's commitment to sustainable sourcing of food for its schools and public catering services.

Councillor Del Goddard, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Improving Localities said, "The way we produce, transport, shop for, cook, eat and dispose of our food has an impact on so many things - the environment, our health and the local economy.

"We welcome comments from all sections of the community on all or part of the Food Strategy. This is a very important statement of how the Council and the borough can support and improve the conditions that help underpin this very crucial aspect of our lives.

"There will be special consultation events as well as the overall opportunity to comment, so please do send in your views."

Enfield Council is working with local businesses and partners including the Enfield Strategic Partnership, NHS Enfield, EBRA, the North London Chamber of Commerce, Capel Manor and Southgate College to deliver the plans in the strategy.

Steven Dowbiggin, Chief Executive at Capel Manor and member of the Enfield Food Strategy Sounding Board said, "This is an exciting opportunity to coordinate all the existing activity in the borough.

"There is so much already going on, it will be great to support different members of the community to get involved in growing their own food and eating healthier, fresher produce."

David Wright, MD of Wrights Flour Mills said, "Enfield's thriving food sector makes a significant contribution to the local economy. I'm pleased that the Council is working with local businesses to promote the borough's proud heritage of food production and is forging links to increase business between local suppliers and national buyers.

"Wright's commitment to using the finest ingredients and most modern technologies has held true since 1867, and is just as important today.  The Council's Food Strategy provides a focus for the ongoing support of Enfield's food businesses to improve the performance of the sector and make it fit for the 21st century."

There are a number of ways you can comment on the Food Strategy. The team will be out and about at various consultation events over the coming months, and copies of the Strategy will also be available at libraries across the borough for you to pick up.

The easiest way for you to comment will be via the online consultation - log onto www.enfield.gov.uk/foodstrategy for details.

The consultation will close on 22nd October 2010.

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