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France to make half of all food in public sector organic or local by 2022

Image: Alberto Cruz, Farms in Périgord, France, Flickr, Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication

The French government has announced that half of all food procured by its public sector must be organic or locally produced by 2022. The media coverage does not offer a definition of ‘local’ food.

The Soil Association has suggested that the UK government could take similar actions. (See the UK government’s current guidance on public food procurement here, including a ‘balanced scorecard’ considering various aspects of sustainability.)

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