Georgie Porgie Pudding and Pie

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Georgie Porgie Pudding and Pie: Exposing the Truth About Nursery Food
That’s the name of the new report from Organix and the Soil Association who today launch a campaign to improve nutrition in nurseries. They call for national nutritional standards to be implemented by the Government. 

The Soil Association and Organix have 3 main recommendations:

1]  that the Department for Children, Schools and Families takes full responsibility for:

– Implementing Caroline Walker Trust nutrient-based standards in all nurseries
– Improving the regulation of food in nurseries
– Staff training
– Performance measurement
– Financial assistance

2] OFSTED inspectors who visit nurseries are not required to check anything more than whether adequate amounts of food and drink are supplied – and whether this food and drink is “nutritious”, but they are not given any definition of what ‘nutritious’ means. Very few of the nursery workers polled had any formal qualifications in food preparation or nutrition.

3] The standards set by the Soil Association led Food for Life Partnership – used throughout England – should be adopted as basic criteria for nursery school food provision. They represent the gold standard for school meals, building on the Caroline Walker Trust nutrient-based standards, and to that adding the following criteria:

  • Minimum 75 per cent of meals to be made from unprocessed food/ingredients
  • Minimum 50 per cent of food to be locally sourced
  • Minimum 30 per cent of food to come from certified organic ingredients
  • Environmental sustainability of food provision
  • Appropriate food education

While the Food for Life targets are the best examples of their kind in primary and secondary schools, younger children, who are more vulnerable, deserve equally high standards as a minimum in their food provision. If these standards can work for older children, then younger and more vulnerable children deserve nothing less.

About Organix:
Organix is a pioneering food company, based in Dorset, making healthy, fun, organic foods to give babies and children the best start in life, and we campaign to improve the quality of children’s food. Organix was founded by Lizzie Vann in 1992. Her own experience of poor health in childhood left Lizzie with a passion for changing the children’s food industry so that parents have more choice to give their children high quality, nutritious food.
www.organix.com
www.organixfoundation.org

About the Soil Association:
The Soil Association is the UK’s leading campaigning and certification organisation for organic food and farming. It exists to research, develop and promote sustainable relationships between the soil, plants, animals, people and the biosphere, in order to produce healthy food and other products while protecting and enhancing the environment.
www.soilassociation.org

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One Response to “Georgie Porgie Pudding and Pie”

  1. nodancenolife Says:

    If only this could really happen……..

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