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.


The lovely Franchi Seeds of Italy company now have a food and gardening blog with articles on things like the 11 easiest Italian vegetables to grow or how to chop onions without tears. I’d also recommend a lingering browse of their seed varieties as a cure for the winter blues.


Learn how to make leaf mould. It’s simple, it’s not too late for 2016, and it’ll give you a great raspberry harvest in 2018…

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Factoring sustainable labour into the sustainable food equation What makes food sustainable? It’s a complicated equation that encompasses the thriving microbial life of soil, rich biodiversity, balanced ecosystems and land and water free from pollution. But, in addition to a healthy environment, it’s increasingly about people – the people who produce and make your food. READ MORE

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Reconnecting to our Land How far back in your family history do you have to go to find someone who made a living working the land? The chances are you will find it difficult unless you are from a farming family. Our disconnection to the land goes back many generations and we are still feeling its repercussions today. READ MORE


London schools save seeds from extinction working alongside Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed library, school growers have been cultivating vegetables from seed which is no longer commercially available. READ MORE.

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Grassroots activists tackle food waste and the refugee crisis What does food waste and the refugee crisis have in common? Both are massive issues, indicative of our time. They test our values and prejudices and exemplify an inherent cognitive dissonance within our society. They are also both issues that are being addressed by passionate grassroots activists in the vacuum left by the inadequate action of governments.. READ MORE

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TALK: Food Thinkers with Tim Lang – “First it’s exit the Corn Laws (1846), then it’s Brexit (2016). Now what?”

PODCAST: Liz Goodwin on Reducing Food Loss and Waste – Lessons from the UK

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NEW PROJECTS & CAMPAIGNS

Fund A Fridge is a new fundraising campaign launched on Neighbourly which will support food charities across the UK by helping raise funds for a fridge or freezer, allowing them to receive more surplus food donations and feed more people with healthy, fresh food.

Vegcurious is a social movement set up by the Eating Better Alliance and creative affiliates and launched on The Drum’s Do It Day to encourage men to discover the amazing taste and nutritional possibilities of vegetables. We are committed to getting men to reappraise their view of vegetables and what it means to be a man who eats more veg.

Planting Fresh Ideas is calling on the European Commission to urgently adopt an EU target for a 30% reduction in consumption of animal-based foods by 2030. Become a Supporter and show the Commission that your organisation supports this mission.

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Peas Please is a new project which will explore the levers along the supply chain which have the potential to increase vegetable consumption in a sustainable manner.

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REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

Food Security. A new report from WWF explores synergies between food security and biodiversity.

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FAO Report 2016: The State of Food and Agriculture This report highlights the impacts of climate change on the agricultural sector and how, in the future, this is increasingly threatening food security for millions. The report states that meeting the goals of eradicating hunger and poverty by 2030, while addressing the threat of climate change, will require profound transformation of food and agriculture systems worldwide. READ MORE

Online Sight and Life Magazine: Focus on Food Systems

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RESOURCES

SHARECITY100 is a database of more than 4,000 food sharing enterprises across 100 cities around the world. READ MORE