The value of local

The value of local by Alicia Miller – Website Editor on 26 June, 2020 in Business and Food, Food Movement As I wrote when the pandemic swept in, the uptake in our box scheme during the lockdown was extraordinary. Within two weeks from its start, it had tripled from our usual 60 or so boxes to 180. And through out the…

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Land sharing and land sparing: We need food in harmony with nature

Land sharing and land sparing: We need food in harmony with nature by Patrick Holden on 26 June, 2020 in Food Policy, Food Systems Interviewing Isabella Tree for our recent podcast has given me much cause for reflection about the relationship between farmers and the land they manage. In a way, I was quite disturbed by hearing Isabella’s story of how she and her…

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Hungry for Change: A briefing from Lord Krebs on the report from the House of Lords Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment

Hungry for Change: A briefing from Lord Krebs on the report from the House of Lords Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment Webinar  08/07/2020 09:30 –10:15 Food Foundation During this briefing, Lord Krebs will discuss the findings of his committee’s year-long inquiry into the challenges facing our food system. It will be an…

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THE OXFORD FARMING CONFERENCE WEBINAR

THE OXFORD FARMING CONFERENCE OFC 2021 Sponsors Patrons Speakers Programme Videos Delegate info Other Years WELCOME Welcome to #OFC21 Bitesize, a series of one-hour events hosted virtually via our website at 12pm on the first Thursday of every month from June to December 2020, leading up to the 2021 virtual conference in January. The 2021…

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Parents! Share your views on children and food during Covid-19

Parents! Share your views on children and food during Covid-19 Children’s Food Campaign and Food Active have launched a new survey with parents to find out how being in lockdown during Covid-19 has affected children’s eating habits, preferences and interest in food. Credit: Andrea Piacquadio/Pexels The Coronavirus emergency has thrown up all sorts of new challenges for feeding…

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SGM Launches Food Solidarity Fund

New collective funding opportunity for Social Gastronomy organizations thanks to initial funding from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Today, in celebration of Sustainable Gastronomy Day – a United Nations-designated day of observance of those using gastronomy sustainably to create a better and healthier planet for everyone – the Social Gastronomy Movement (SGM) is launching the…

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Community food growing post lockdown webinar

Community food growing post lockdown 01/07/2020 10:30  12:00 Credit: Zoe Ward Aldam Wednesday 1 July 10.30am-12pm   A webinar organised by Sustainable Food Places and Sustain for Capital Growth and Good to Grow gardens and food growing networks to stay connected, share latest updates and developments, how gardens and networks are responding and adapting to the gradual…

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Public wants more action on obesity in light of Covid19

Public wants more action on obesity in light of Covid19 74% of the British public want to see more Government action on obesity, in light of evidence showing links between Covid19 and obesity, says new Obesity Health Alliance research. Children’s Food Campaign responds. Credit: Obesity Health Alliance New public polling by the Obesity Health Alliance has revealed that Prime Minister Boris…

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Campaigners celebrate free school meals win

Back of the net! Campaigners celebrate free school meals win Whilst footballer Marcus Rashford scored the final winning goal in the free school meals campaign, the Government’s u-turn on holiday hunger follows months of campaigning, lobbying and the threat of legal action. Credit: Shutterstock The Government has today announced a £120 million “Covid Summer School Fund” in…

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Upcoming Webinar. Good Food Businesses: rebuilding, reopening and retaining new customers

Good Food Businesses: rebuilding, reopening and retaining new customers 24/06/2020 15:00  16:30 Credit: Pexels Wednesday 24 June 3-4.30pm A webinar organised by Sustainable Food Places and Sustain, with the Real Bread Campaign and London Food Link. Good Food Businesses have shown their ability to adapt during the Covid-19 lockdown by swiftly establishing new and different ways…

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Bounce back Britain

This report has been written for the Social Market Foundation and looks at what lessons must be learned from the policy response to the 2008 financial crisis. It’s key focus that for Britain to “bounce back” from coronavirus , business must spend more money on investing in innovation, training and start-ups. In exchange for the…

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New funding to promote urban agriculture

Congratulations to Green Futures Associates on securing Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Funding for the innovative Urban Agriculture Consortium. Food Plymouth has been supporting this initiative since its early days. Indeed Jeremy Iles who heads up the Consortium joined us and our partners in the Thrive Plymouth Year 5 Spaces and Places for Food Expo event in…

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Parlimentary briefing: Food and the Covid-19 pandemic, May 2020

Admirable national and local efforts were made to identify and support 1.5 million clinically vulnerable people but this would have been much easier had the infrastructure of a thriving meals-on-wheels service already been in existence. Furthermore, the Government has been reluctant to acknowledge financial vulnerability which was already prevalent in the UK and has only been exacerbated…

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A Day of Celebration across the Network and Partnership

Today is the Day of Celebration and Action where we will showcase the incredible work our partners are doing across the Network as they strive to meet the needs arising from the current crisis. Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter throughout the day to read all the latest news from across the city and…

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Shortening Supply Chains: Roads to Regional Resilience

Shortening Supply Chains: Roads to Regional Resilience Helping shorter supply chains to survive and thrive will make our food system more resilient and sustainable. In our new report, find out how businesses and councils are already working to shorten supply chains, and what opportunities exist to increase the availability of local, sustainable food in your community. COVID-19 highlighted the fragility of long…

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WHO Manifesto for a healthy recovery from COVID-19

Although the manifesto tells the global picture, how can this be brought into local relevance?   Prescriptions for a healthy and green recovery from COVID-19 26 May 2020 “The pandemic is a reminder of the intimate and delicate relationship between people and planet. Any efforts to make our world safer are doomed to fail unless…

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10 ways industry is flogging us junk food through lockdown

Written By Fran Bernhardt Campaign coordinator Children’s Food Campaign   Junk food companies are coming up with innovative ways to sell junk food to us during lockdown, some of which might raise a few eyebrows. Fran Bernhardt explores these tactics. We’ve carefully followed social distancing rules, forgone intimate moments with loved ones and carefully navigated these disconcerting…

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GROWING MORE FOOD IN LOCKDOWN IN CARDIFF

It’s always good to hear what other cities are doing during this pandemic. Working in collaboration with food emergency response networks, Food Cardiff and Edible Cardiff are encouraging residents to grow their own vegetables. PLANTS RESCUED FROM COUNCIL NURSERIES. CREDIT: GREEN SQUIRREL   Food Cardiff runs a successful local Veg Cities campaign with dozens of…

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Reminder -webinar today: School caterers put their meals on wheels.

Reminder that today Sustain are running a webinar at 2.30pm on how school food caterers and councils are responding to Covid-19 and providing meals for older adults in the community. Register for today’s webinar here.   For local authorities, caterers, meal providers and others interested in how to keep caterers afloat and how to ensure…

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