Downside’s caterers, Holroyd Howe, take their responsibility towards nutrition at our School seriously.

They understand the impact a healthy diet has on these important years of development. Just as seriously, however, is their consideration of sustainable foods, and, as such, this year have introduced a new food initiative: Future Proof Food. Future Proof Food enables our caterers to adapt a more sustainable diet into the School. The initiative links sustainability and nutrition firmly together to ensure that what we can grow now is also available for future generations, thus using the Earth’s resources responsibly whilst eating more healthily.

The definition for a sustainable diet is one that ‘has a low environmental impact, contributes to food and nutrition security, as well as to a healthy life[style] for present and future generations’.*

Eating a generally sustainable diet also means you can:
• Lower consumption of animal products such as meat and dairy
• Eat less processed foods
• Consume more plant foods
• Consume more local and seasonal foods
• Waste less food.

This is better for both the planet and us because altering your diet to consume fewer animal products is the single biggest way to reduce your carbon footprint, and your impact on the environment. For example, reducing your meat consumption by half can cut your food-related carbon footprint by 35%.**

Forming part of a balanced nutritious diet, this change can have positive impacts on us healthwise, as we will consume less saturated fat, sugar and salt, and, in turn, increase our consumption of vegetables and fibre. Some key characteristics of a sustainable diet have been reflected in our School
menus for quite some time, such as local sourcing, high animal welfare standards and an encouragement to eat seasonally. That said, we would like to do more to implement sustainable nutrition into other areas.

What are the aims for Future Proof Food?
• To be inclusive to everyone
• To reduce the impact on the environment
• To encourage healthier options
• To increase awareness through education on why a sustainable diet is needed
• To have no compromise on taste
• To reduce food waste
• To eat more locally and seasonally
• To provide a list of key features to pick and choose from as the initiative proceeds so balanced is achieved.

So you can be assured that that not only are your children eating healthily whilst at Downside – giving them the right fuel for learning and flourishing – they are also eating sustainably.

* Ref: Food and Agricultural organisation (FAO) 2010
** See One Blue Dot BDA for more information

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