Our monthly round-up of news from around the web; useful resources; funding updates; actions to take and interesting publications to read.



A food dystopia: Is Britain sleepwalking into a crisis? Kevin Morgan and Terry Marsden go back to the future to see what might happen to our agriculture in a post-Brexit Britain. READ MORE

Growroom: A flat-pack allotment Scandinavian design brings us a self-assembly spherical garden. READ MORE

Taking action beyond food banks in London: Sustain’s London Food Poverty Campaign helps London boroughs tackle the root causes of food poverty. READ MORE
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Supermarkets to rearrange aisles to encourage healthier diets Oxford academics are collaborating with Sainsbury’s in an effort to encourage consumers to buy more vegetables and less meat. The project is being funded as part of a £5m Wellcome Trust programme, Our Planet, our Health. The project will see supermarkets take a range of measures including placing vegetarian alternatives on the same shelves as meat products; giving vouchers and loyalty points to shoppers who choose vegetarian products. READ MORE
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Bristol: Embedding resilient, community-led solutions as austerity deepens report back from the People, Places and Spaces conference. READ MORE

Brighton & Hove’s ambitious 3 year Food Poverty Action Plan has within its aims to ‘Commit to measuring levels of food poverty so we know if we are being effective’. READ MORE
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Sole Food Street Farms During the past seven years, Sole Food Street Farms – now North America’s largest urban farm project – has transformed acres of vacant and contaminated urban land into street farms that grow artisan-quality fruits and vegetables. By providing jobs, agricultural training, and inclusion in a community of farmers and food lovers, the Sole Food project has empowered dozens of individuals with limited resources who are managing addiction and chronic mental health problems. READ MORE
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The People’s Food Policy is a grassroots initiative developing recommendations for the food policies we would like to see. It is a collaboration between actors in the food sovereignty network and groups working for a more just and sustainable food system. Between October 2015–October 2016 they held over 15 roundtable workshops to help develop a national food policy, devised by the people, for the people. This is due to be published in May this year, but in the meantime, they’ve launched their website at: https://www.peoplesfoodpolicy.org

Less meat in the new French guidelines The French food agency (ANSES) has recently updated the guidance that underpins France’s official dietary advice to introduce more consideration of sustainability. The update recommends maximum limits to meat consumption, whilst giving pulses, fruit and veg a greater role in the diet. READ MORE

Elsewhere, the Dutch government publishes its Safe, healthy and sustainable diets in the Netherlands: opportunities for integrated policy

Reflections on the Spanish veg crisis:
Thoughts on the lettuce shortage
Lettuce shortage: Vegetable rationing spurs rise in sale of seeds as British people turn to grow own greens

 


PUBLICATIONS

The role of private sector in city region food systems This report by the RUAF Foundation aims to provide suggestions for private sector actors in city regions’ food systems based on an extensive study of 3 cities – including Bristol. READ MORE

Food Production and Nature Conservation: Conflicts and solutions Feeding the world’s growing human population is increasingly challenging, especially as more people adopt a western diet and lifestyle. Doing so without causing damage to nature poses an even greater challenge. This book argues that in order to create a sustainable food supply whilst conserving nature, agriculture and nature must be reconnected and approached together. READ MORE
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Shaping the Future of Global Food Systems: A Scenarios Analysis from the World Economic Forum explores four alternate visions of the world and its food systems in 2030 to encourage further thinking on how to feed 8.5 billion people nutritiously and sustainably.
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Is it appropriate to use surplus food to feed people in hunger? Short-term Band-Aid to more deep rooted problems of poverty This briefing paper analyses the benefits and drawbacks of the use of surplus food to feed food insecure people, highlighting how this practice undermines calls for direct actions to both reduce the production of surplus food and to address upstream drivers of food insecurity and ensure the right to food.  Recommendations call for civil society and policymakers to focus on systemic solutions to both food waste and household food insecurity as separate entities.

The Beacon Farms Journey – Four approaches to securing land

 


RESOURCES

Huw Richards-Price may only be 18 years old, but he is already achieving great things and encouraging thousands of people to learn more about where their food comes from and how to grow it with his successful Youtube channel, Huw’s Nursery where he has over 250 ‘how to’ videos.
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Growing advice from Garden Organic – advice on how to improve your soil, tips on how to grow individual plants, how to cope with pests and weeds. Also a showcase for recent research in organic growing, including crops and diseases, current topics and matters of interest.

And as we head into the hungry gap, it’s time for some emergency Kale recipes.