Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Scotland Schools Encouraged to Go Green

"SCOTLAND'S schools and hospitals should be encouraged to include more organic food on their menus, a city MSP said today.

Labour's environment spokeswoman Sarah Boyack, MSP for Edinburgh Central, wants organic producers given easier access to supply public sector institutions. She said she would like to see targets for increasing organic and local food use.

Ms Boyack was speaking on the eve of a debate on the Scottish Government's food policy.

She said a recent European Union-funded study had shown that organic food was good not only for the environment but for people's health.

She said: "Schools and hospitals and the public sector generally have huge purchasing power, but at the moment it's just very big farmers and retailers who get access to that market."

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