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


Wells Food Network launched! Wells Food Network have become the 47th members of the Sustainable Food Cities network, following an official launch of the alliance on 9 October. FIND OUT MORE

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Bristol partnership puts allergy-free food on the menu An innovative chef has teamed up with a city centre speciality bar to offer diners with food intolerances an inclusive menu in an eight-week residency in the run-up to Christmas. READ MORE

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Government responds to Soil Health Report Theresa May’s Government has responded to a ground-breaking, all-party parliamentary report on soil health, acknowledging that the current approach to soil management must change if the UK is to have any success improving soil quality and mitigating climate change. READ MORE

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Campaign to halve Europe’s food waste Martin Bowman, campaigner for This Is Rubbish, talks more about how you can get involved. READ MORE

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France bans use of plastic cups, plates and cutlery from 2020 Critics claim the new law violates European Union rules on free movement of goods. READ MORE

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The Food Research Collaboration has launched new resources on Brexit and food –  available here.

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First food waste ‘supermarket’ opens in Leeds The Real Junk Food Project has launched a pay-what-you-feel supermarket, stocked entirely with ‘waste’ food. READ MORE

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The dangers of seed patents explained A change to EU patent law in 2015 now means that seeds which are the result of conventional plant breeding, can be patented. READ MORE

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PUBLICATION  Urban Food Planning: Seeds of Transition in the Global North This highly original work examines the rise of the urban food planning movement in the Global North and provides insights into the new relationship between cities and food which has started developing over the past decade. It sheds light on cities as new spaces for food system innovation and on food as a tool for sustainable urban development. READ MORE

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