Buy locally, buy quality: sustainability in public food procurement

Friday, 19 May, 2017
Image of children in a school canteen
School meals don't matter only to kids and their parents. Like other services within the scope of public sector food procurement, they also matter economically. Determination to source produce locally and sustainably can make all the difference to a region's farmers, as can labels protecting its specialities. An EU-funded project is connecting the dots.

In the Strength2Food project, 30 partners in 15 countries have joined forces to analyse the leverage of quality and procurement policy for the creation of shorter, more sustainable food supply chains.

“We have three main objectives,” says project coordinator Matthew Gorton of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, in the United Kingdom. “One is to improve the effectiveness of the EU’s food quality schemes – the ones associated with protected designations of origin. The second is to improve the effectiveness of public sector food procurement. And the third is to stimulate the development of short food supply chains.”

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Strengthening European Food Chain Sustainability by Quality and Procurement Policy
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