Since 2007 the Food Business Team have worked to improve London’s welfare of animals on city farms.
The data identifies the improvements in animal welfare from 2012 to 2014.
We have pulled out that there has been a 60% increase in London boroughs achieving a Good Egg Award for buying cage-free eggs over the past two years.
We also learnt that Islington is the only borough in London to have achieved a Good Chicken Award and a Good Egg Award for buying higher welfare chicken and cage-free eggs between 2012 and 2014.
However a large proportion of areas in West, East and Central London have failed to improve their rating and have not achieved a Good Farm Animals Welfare Award.
These include Richmond upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames, Sutton, Kensington & Chelsea, Bromley and Greenwich.
74% of boroughs have improved their rating from not achieving a Good Farm Animal Welfare Award to achieving a Good Egg Award for buying cage-free eggs from 2013 to 2014. These are Newham, Hackney, Lewisham, Bexley and Barking & Dagenham.
This is great news for Urban Farmer London as it shows that there has been a rise in animal welfare.
We spoke to Hannah (23), Hannah (22), Natalie (22), Lorna (22), Ben (24), Denise (22), Olivia (21), Heidi (23), Judy (50+), Corneille (50+), Lauren (22), Chloe (24), Elizabeth (22), Saskia (22) and Eleanor (25) about this.
We asked them which borough they found most surprising to not have received the award in 2012 and 2013:
35% believed that Hackney would have had an Animal Welfare Award in 2013, with Bexley coming in at a close second at 29%.
However luckily no borough has lost an award which is fantastic news, as this reflects the improvement in animal farms across the city year on year.
We look forward to analysing the 2015 results as we hope for a continued increase in animal welfare across London’s boroughs!
Remember to keep on urban farming!