Food for Life National Conference: Children's food for Health & Sustainability
Thursday 13th February was the annual Food for Life National Conference held at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London.
This year's Food for Life National Conference focused on children's food, through the combined lenses of health and sustainability.
It was an inspirational day and speakers and panelists explored the Nation’s ongoing crises surrounding childhood health and food systems, as well as discussing how local and national food strategy and public procurement can radically alter the landscape for sustainable, healthy diets.
Food for Life Co-founder, Jeanette Orrey MBE, called for a joined up approach to improve children's food, linking to both the health and climate emergency.
Henry Dimbleby MBE, Independent Lead for the National Food Strategy, focused on local and national food strategy and the role of procurement and standards in getting the best for children's food in schools.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was our inspiring guest speaker, sharing his top priorities for the future of children's food and leading a passionate discussion with panellists, who shared their challenges, successes and visions for food education and changing the culture around school meals.
Jo Lewis, Soil Association's Policy & Strategy Director, rounded off the conference by summarising the key discussion points and feedback from the day's breakouts and interactive voting sessions, leaving us with a reaffirmation of the urgent need to continue our combined efforts towards transforming children’s food. "This is the year of climate, nature and health", said Jo, "and of joining the dots between these inter-connected crises that have food sitting at their very heart.”
National Food Strategy
Henry Dimbleby challenged us all to participate in the National Food Strategy and be a part of the conversation about what we want our future food system to look like. The National Food Conversation will launch later in the Spring. To sign up to be a part of it – and be an ambassador for the strategy – fill in your details at: www.nationalfoodstrategy.org