Sunday, 6 May 2012

SCHOOL DINNER QUALITY IS ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH



Kent Green Party has already drawn attention this year to a decline in Health services throughout Kent Now our children’s health is under attack from negligent Government policies on school dinners. Dr Hazel Dawe, Campaigns Officer of Kent Green Party, explains:

“Chef and food campaigner Jamie Oliver, who has attacked Education Secretary Michael Gove over food standards in academy schools(2), would find support in the Green Party’s policies on school dinners. Mr Gove has suggested academy schools need not keep to the food standards of other secondary schools, for no apparent reason. Greens would ensure that all schools have their own kitchens, producing fresh, tasty and nutritious lunches every day. They would also require all schools to provide an area for children to learn how to grow food and include food and farming in the curriculum.

“It should be noted that the recently re-elected Green Party London Assembly members have scored real successes on healthy food in London, setting up London Food, which has gone on to train almost 2,000 school and hospital catering staff to provide healthy food. Why should we not see similar progress in Kent and Medway? After all, Green food policies are just what the doctor ordered. The importance of promoting children’s health is widely recognised. Obesity and ill health caused by diet place large future burdens on the health service. It is extraordinary that Gove could be so short sighted (3).”  

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Campaigns Officer of Kent Green Party, on 01732 355185 or 079444 71083. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe and published by Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. Monthly free ezine KENT GREEN NEWS available for subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org
Notes:
1.      Press Release: 5th January 2012 – www.kentgreenparty.org
2.     2.  Jamie Oliver said in the Observer Food Monthly "This mantra that we are not going to tell (academy) schools what to do just isn't good enough in the midst of the biggest obesity epidemic ever. The public health of five million children should not be left to luck or chance." Oliver also accused academies of making money from vending machines packed with sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks. Greens would not only remove junk food and drinks vending machines but reduce fast food outlets near all schools by requiring boroughs to create exclusion zones around schools where fast food shops aren’t allowed
3. For Green Party Food and Agriculture Policy go to http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/fa#FA230

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