Schoolchildren across the Capital will be able to demand halal meals under a radical overhaul aimed at ensuring canteens serve the freshest, healthiest and most ethically sourced food to pupils.

Amid signs of an ongoing dietary crisis in the Lothians – where nearly one in ten eat no fruit or vegetables – every city school has been set an April 2015 deadline for achieving Food for Life accreditation.

They have been tasked with meeting tough new standards, set by the Soil Association, in a bid to transform the eating habits of city youngsters.

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