11 January, 2008
London bakeries keen to organise events highlighting sustainable business practices, such as organic or Fairtrade sourcing, are eligible for grants under a new scheme.
Launched by the London Development Agency and London Food Link, the scheme has a total of £70,000 to distribute in small grants of £500 to £5,000."This is a great opportunity for London's community groups and small food businesses to put on events that connect local people with where their food comes from, how it is grown and the personalities that work to make it fresh and affordable," said Ben Reynolds of London Food Link.The fund will help deliver the London Assembly's Food Strategy Implementation Plan, published in September, which aims to create a sustainable food system for the capital.Grants will be available for a range of events from helping bakers to buy local organic produce to showcasing sustainable food at community events. Jenny Jones, chair of London Food, which delivered the plan, said: "People are concerned about the environmental and social effects of food and are ready to do something about it. The grants will encourage businesses and consumers to buy fresher, healthier and more affordable food, while reducing environmental impact."For further information see [http://www.londonfoodlink.org]