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Online sustainable responsible business portal FOOTPRINT reports this week that France has set up a National Council for Collective Catering (CNRC) to ensure that at least half the food bought by the public sector in the country will be “organic, sustainable or under official signs of quality” by 2022. Rob Percival, senior policy and campaigns officer for the Soil Association’s Food for Life scheme suggested Michael Gove, UK environment secretary, should move to implement a procurement policy that requires Defra’s Balanced Scorecard approach across the whole public sector including education and health. Public procurement decisions must also place a weighting of at least 60% on quality relative to cost. Read more here.

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