The Food Party manifesto
For the past 50 years the main political parties have taken food for granted, allowing our weekly shop to go from locally grown, natural food to become air freighted and processed beyond recognition. They have all put issues, which create sound bites, above issues that create bites which are sound, nourishing generations to come. Gone is the knowledge of where food has been or where it can go. We used to know what to put on our plate to fill our belly and nourish our soul, now we are spoon fed convenience food and encouraged to always want more, of everything.
I say enough. The time has come for a radical alternative – a party which builds its policies around the very thing that builds our hearts and minds. Food. After all, you only get out what you put in.
What we will do, if elected.
Catering and student kitchens installed in all primary schools.
All lunches, for children of primary school age must be cooked school premises – from scratch. Lessons in cookery added to the National Curriculum for all children between the ages of 5 and 14.
Government enforced seasonality. Certain foods (indigenous  to the UK) will only be available for certain periods of time. This will make the public more aware of where their food comes from, enable them to enjoy produce when it is at its best and discourage importing food out of season. E.g. Strawberries – May- September. Apples – June-March.
 Indigenous is products that can be grown in a UK climate, without the use of intensive techniques.
15% of ‘new’ Universities converted to Universities of Food, offering degree courses in traditional food production techniques – baking, butchery, bee keeping etc
Ban gross profit on food of more than 90%
Min unit price for Alcohol
Vacant council/government properties will be incentivised by way of grants, to be converted to restaurants/cafés/bars
Trade & Industry
20% of all supermarket’s (stores over 280 metres square – sufficient size to adhere to Sunday trading laws) stock must originate with 50 miles of the store.
Ban commercial (net/dredge) fishing in UK waters for 5 years – after 3 years phased back in with strict quotas, for years 4 & 5. Line fishing is allowed.
Everyone whose postcode is within 20 miles of the coast, will be issued with a fishing licence, rod and reel and those remaining will receive (of equal value) a discount off air rifles. Every sustainable species of fish caught (MSC certified)/grey squirrel/pigeon (condition must be deemed as saleable) which is deposited at any designated shop, will be offset against your council tax
Restaurants must serve tap water before taking patrons order. Soft drinks must have a gross profit of no more than 50%
Any company producing goods with higher than 20% sugar content (glucose, sucrose, dextrose) must pay 1% of turnover
Supermarkets and off licences have higher duty than pubs, on beer, wine & spirits.
Livestock for meat/dairy production must spend no less than 30% of life outside.
Chicken production must have a density no higher that 12 per square metre (current intensive is 17)
Battery eggs illegal
UK wool production will be subsidised.
Meat importation can only amount to 40% of exportation.