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NZ: Green Party school food campaign and petition

Green Party MP Sue Kedgley has launched a nationwide petition and school food campaign to try and persuade the Government to reinstate the Nutritional Guidelines requiring schools to sell only healthy food in school canteens, which it dropped earlier this year.  The Nutritional Guidelines had been in place since 2007.

Read more: Press release, Green Party, 3 Apr 2009

Download the petition from the Green Party website. (PDF)

The Healthy food in schools campaign is  on the Green Party website, April 2009

The Minister of Education, Anne Tolley, says she is getting plenty of support for the change in school food policy.  “All we’ve got rid of is making those schools the food police, so they still have to promote healthy food and drink to students,” says the Minister. She says it’s up to parents to do the rest.

Read more: TVNZ news, 3 Apr 2009

Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Carter joined Green MP Sue Kedgley at the launch of her petition seeking to overturn the National Government’s decision to no longer require schools to promote and sell only healthy food options.  “The National Government’s dumping of schools’ nutritional guidelines flew in the face of the rising childhood obesity epidemic in New Zealand, and is a reverse-step to what similar countries are doing now,” he said.

Read more: Press release, Labour Party/Scoop, 3 Apr 2009

Published on April 3, 2009 in New Zealand news