We received this email from Richard Hines from Friends of the Earth.
Dear Food Chain Campaigner,
On behalf of all the food team I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who got involved with last month’s Food Chain Fortnight. We’ve now exceeded our target number of signatures for Early Day Motion 845 – we’re up to 257 – so you can all give yourselves a big pat on the back for a successful 6 months of campaigning.
On the subject of Early Day Motion 845, it will close on Wednesday 18th November – so if you’ve still got any signed postcards please send them to the Luton address on the back of the card as soon as possible. We’ll make sure that any sent on to MPs after the 18th will have an appropriate cover letter with them, but it would be best to get them out before then.
But back to the Food Chain Fortnight. We’ve set up a gallery of Food Chain Fortnight photos, featuring piñata, postcards and much more. Take a look at http://www.foe.co.uk/community/news/food_chain_fortnight_21705.html. And please remember to send us any more photos your own group has taken.
We’re also after local press coverage from the fortnight, and feedback forms. We need to hear what worked and what didn’t to help make sure that the plans for 2010 work for you. The feedback form is available here:
So what’s next for the Food Chain Campaign? This year has been a brilliant start, and we’ve gone from almost zero knowledge of the issue in Westminster to having a herd of supportive MPs behind us. But we’ve still got a long way to go before our solutions become law. We’re going to have to build support for actual legislation to fix the food chain – from both MPs and the political candidates waiting in the wings. We also want to do much more to get key community figures – particularly farmers – on board. And we’re putting lots of thought into how we could show people how they fit into the food chain themselves, and what that means for them and their families.
It’s going to be a very exciting 2010 for the Food Chain Campaign!
I’ll be in touch again soon with more campaign updates.
Food Team - Friends of the Earth