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



Sainsbury’s drops bid to halve household food waste. Supermarket scales back ambition after finding it was more difficult than expected to achieve behavioural change. READ MORE
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Intercropping: A clever way to grow. Rocket Gardens offer some space-saving suggestions for veg that grow well together. READ MORE

Against cheap food: An aide memoir. In this piece by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, Raj Patel explores the issue of cheap food and why, if we get prices right, sustainable food can compete on a level playing-field, and win. READ MORE
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An English sheep farmer’s view of rural America. Cumbrian sheep farmer and author, James Rebanks, argues that our demand for cheap food is killing the American dream for millions of people. It is time to think carefully about what kind of food and farming system we really want. READ MORE
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Most British adults report that the effects of climate change would encourage them to change their diet According to a recent public survey commissioned by the Global Food Security (GFS) programme, many British adults recognise that the food system is a key contributor to climate change and would change their diets as a result of climate change. READ MORE
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There is a vegetable crisis but it is not what it seems. A response to the Spanish veg crisis from The Community Farm. READ MORE

Golding Growing Buddies win top award. Garden Organic project to support community gardening on housing association land. READ MORE

Asda to sell ‘free range’ milk from cows reared outside for six months. READ MORE
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PUBLICATIONS

Ploughing a lone furrow: Farming policy post-Brexit. Molly Scott Cato MEP, has commissioned two reports from The Soil Association, and from Simon Fairlie with input from the Land Workers’ Alliance. These put forward an alternative vision for farming in the UK – more ecologically sustainable, with increased biodiversity and improved animal welfare, an agriculture that’s good for the climate and for rural communities. READ MORE

Stride Treglown’s 52 Big Ideas for Bristol. Produced during Green Capital year 2015, the book offers one idea a week to make the city a better and greener place. READ MORE

The Food Ethics Council’s Food Issues Census – a survey of the major food issues that are of concern to voluntary food sector organisations. On the increase, are concerns about food poverty, and the UK’s departure from the EU. READ MORE
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IEA Discussion Paper – Cheap as chips: Is a healthy diet affordable? This report from the UK free market think tank Institute of Economic Affairs claims that healthy food is actually cheaper than ‘junk food’. In drawing this conclusion the IEA also states that taxes on unhealthy foods (consumed as they say disproportionately by people with low incomes) is unlikely to be enough to change consumer behaviour and will be regressive – it will hit poorer people the hardest. READ MORE
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CPRE have published a handy guide to finding local food and the best reasons to buy it – Local Food: your pocket guide. READ MORE
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Experience from Canada – Gardening for Food and Mental Health 
The CMHA Grey Bruce Experience: Community Gardening as Part of the Therapeutic Process and to Provide Employment. READ MORE

New FAO report: The future of food and agriculture: Trends and challenges says high-input, resource-intensive farming systems, which have caused massive deforestation, water scarcities, soil depletion and high levels of greenhouse gas emissions, cannot deliver sustainable food and agricultural production. Needed is a transformative process towards ‘holistic’ approaches, such as agroecology, agro-forestry, climate-smart agriculture and conservation agriculture, which also build upon indigenous and traditional knowledge. READ MORE
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AWARDS

GREEN AMBASSADOR AWARDS 2017 WWF and People’s Postcode Lottery have launched the Green Ambassador Awards 2017, a UK-wide search to find the primary schools, teachers and pupils who are making a real difference for our planet. Closing date 20 April. READ MORE

FUNDING

Bristol Community Energy Fund grants are coming back! Building on the huge success of our first three rounds, we’ve been working really hard to improve the funding application process. Our fourth round of grant funding will kick off on Friday 24 March 2017. Bristol Community Energy Fund grants are targeted at small organisations with charitable aims that are based and working in the Bristol area. You do not have to be an energy or environmental group. We welcome applications from other types of community groups that would like to carry out an energy related project. READ MORE