BREAKING NEWS - Public Sector Adopt Sustainable Fish Standards

Alex Jackson
Thursday, 16th June 2011

Food Minister Jim Paice MP has caved into pressure and announced a change to Defra’s ‘Government Buying Standards’ (GBS) for fish. The change means that all fish bought by public sector institutions directly controlled by Whitehall will now have to meet the sustainability standards already adopted for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

More than 2,000 people have written to Jim Paice MP to demand this change, including lots of his constituents in Cambridgeshire. Many of these people were persuaded to act because of your support for the campaign and we're going to write to thank them for taking a stand. 

Previously 4 out of 10 fish bought by Whitehall were to be excluded from this compulsory standard. This change means that:

  • £6.4million of taxpayers' money will now only be spent on fish from sustainable sources, rather than on fish which is unsustainable and at risk of becoming endangered
  • ALL fish served to prisoners, civil servants and parts of the armed forces will be from healthy, sustainable stocks

The Good Food for Our Money Campaign who spearheaded the campaign thinks this win will open up more opportunities to improve the health, animal welfare, ethical and sustainability standards of food bought in the public sector. For example, they are already calling on the Government to extend the same seafood standards in GBS to all fish served in the public sector including schools, hospitals and care homes. We'll keep you updated about what is happening and how you can help.

You can read more about the Olympic food sustainability standards on their WEBSITE. Or to read today's announcement, CLICK HERE

Alex Jackson
Good Food for Our Money Campaign
Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming
94 White Lion Street
London, N1 9PF
Tel: 020 7837 1228
Fax: 020 7837 1141

Email: alex@sustainweb.org
Web: www.sustainweb.org 

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