London Metropolitan University is committed creating a food system that benefits our community, food producers, and our environment. Our caterers are working with the vendors, and local farmers and suppliers to achieve real food that is produced through means that promote social justice and environmental sustainability.
Here are some standards Catering Team are supporting by taking part in Soil Association Food for Life Catering Mark and have achieved Bronze Award in November 2018. The Food for Life Catering Mark is an independent endorsement, backed by annual inspections, to improve the food we serve.
- The catering team is supported with skills training in fresh food preparation and the Catering Mark.
- All suppliers have been verified to ensure they apply appropriate food safety standards.
- Information is on display about food provenance.
- Menus are seasonal and in-season produce is highlighted.
- Eggs are from free range hens.
- Free drinking water is prominently available.
- No genetically modified ingredients are used.
- No undesirable additives or artificial trans fats are used.
- At least 75% of dishes on the menu are freshly prepared (on site or at a local hub kitchen) from unprocessed ingredients.
- During summer time produce from the roof garden is used to make meals.
Here are some tips for eating more sustainably while still enjoying healthy and delicious meals at our catering.
Production of meat, particularly beef, is extremely resource intensive. To reduce your environmental footprint, try incorporating some meatless meals into your diet.
All our meet and poultry is Red Tractor Assured and from farms which satisfy UK animal welfare standards.
Overfishing and other harmful fishing practices have pushed many of the world’s fisheries to the brink of collapse. You can help protect aquatic ecosystems by selecting seafood that is caught or farmed responsibly. We now serve MSC certified fish and maximise use of fish on the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) ‘fish to eat’ list. No fish are served from the Marine Conservation Society ‘fish to avoid’ list.
Look for Fairtrade products
The catering team is committed to increasing the use and sale of Fairtrade products and ingredients wherever possible. At the moment our catering outlets uses 55 Fairtrade products and will continue to be actively involved in raising awareness of Fairtrade.
We use biodegradable packaging and have implemented salad and breakfast bar stations as well as yogurt bar and are working to increase our recycling rates throughout next Academic year 2019/20.
Bamboo coffee cups are available to purchase at all our outlets.