A programme aimed at making London's food healthier and more sustainable has been launched.
The London Food Strategy has been designed to promote the importance of locally sourced food and was launched in the capital - where 25% of businesses sell food - by mayor Ken Livingstone.
Livingstone's London Development Agency will provide £3.87m over the next three years to support the work of the strategy. As well as developing a Kitemark to brand locally grown food, a study will be launched into how to increase sustainable healthy food sources in the city and reduce the negative environmental impact of food.
Livingstone said: "Obesity levels are rising and many people don't have easy access to healthy and nutritious food. There are also aspects of London's food system which are wasting resources and contributing to climate change."
l A new edition of a guide on regional food and drink has been produced by Food From Britain. The guide has been prepared to assist retailers in the build up to British Food Fortnight (September 23 - October 8) and is available by emailing info@britishfoodfortnight.co.uk, or calling 020 7840 9292.