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08 Dec 2009 11:12:02

FoE accuses London 2012 of breaking environmental promise



FoE accuses London 2012 of breaking environmental promise
Friends of the Earth (FoE) has criticised London 2012's food vision.

Sandra Bell, FoE food campaigner, has accused the organisers behind the London Olympics of breaking their promise to deliver a low-carbon Games.

Under the Food vision, which was published yesterday (December 7th), the Olympics authorities have announced that a total of 14 million meals will be served across 40 locations during the Games.

Ms Bell explained that this could be potentially harmful to the environment as food production accounts for one-fifth of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions.

She said: "We urgently need to switch to planet-friendly food and farming to prevent catastrophic climate change - but the massive Olympic food budget is being spent rewarding the status quo.

"While some of the food supplied will be British, there has been no real commitment to reduce the use of meat reared on imported animal feed - the production of which is destroying rainforests in South America."

Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Cadbury are sponsoring the Games and will also be supplying food and drink.

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