Well, the 2012 London Olympics have finally arrived, and while the Games are all about excellence in sport and the participation of the many, these Olympic Games are aiming to be environmentally conscious on multiple levels. We were especially taken with the plan they came up with for the food service at the Games, which features sustainability as a founding principle. For example, all seafood will come from sustainable sources; all coffee will be fair trade; organic and local produce will be used whenever possible.
The people who put together their extensive plan really started with a vision of how they wanted the food services to be handled, then they set standards for everyone involved to meet. It's a massive undertaking, but one that will set an example for future Olympics to follow. Why is all this significant? Because the people who run the London Games will serve 14 million meals over the 17 days of competition and ceremonies, and that's a big footprint to leave. Learn more about the Food Vision of the London Games. Learn about what the International Olympic Committee is doing to promote sustainability on a long term basis.