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


If you didn’t make it to the Oxford Real Farming Conference, you can review the sessions online. READ MORE. You can also see Michael Gove’s vision for the future of the UK farming industry as presented to the conference.

Earth.Food.Love: the story of the UK’s first zero-waste shop READ MORE

The latest cutting-edge technology changing our landscapes? Trees. This Guardian article explores the benefits of agroforestry in Cambridgeshire. READ MORE

The Agroecology for Sustainable Food & Farming All Party Parliamentary group Inquiry into Trade Post-Brexit calls on the Government to further strengthen and enhance environmental and health standards. READ MORE

Women in Agricultre: Four Myths. 70% of the world’s poor are women. Women produce 60-80% of the world’s food. Women own 1% of the world’s land but are better stewards of the enviromnent – or are they? READ MORE

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust pioneers new vision for housing. Building with Nature encourages housing developers to include features such as street trees, parks, allotments and ponds, the aim being to create developments where wellbeing & wildlife are given priority. READ MORE

UK Agriculture and Social Care. A recent report shows the value of care farming both to the community and the farms that provide it. Watch the video and download the report HERE.


The Food Ethics Council have launched a new online magazine. The free magazine – ‘For Whom?’ – questions the food and farming research agenda. The special edition brings together opinions from 32 experts including Marion Nestle and Professor Tim Lang. READ MORE

A Report by the Sustainable Soils AllianceSustainable Soils Now – presents priority areas for government and stakeholder intervention to reverse the crisis in our soils and restore them to health within one generation. READ MORE

Redefining Protein: Adjusting Diets to Protect Public Health and Conserve Resources This report distills current research to reveal the human, environmental, and social impacts of the production of high-protein foods other than meat to arm hospitals with key information to design the healthiest plate. READ MORE

Towards democratic governance of food systems? In light of the development of Food Policy Councils in Belgium cities, FIAN-Belgium looks into the high potential that Food Policy Councils have to transform food systems but highlight some challenges that should be met in order to best achieve this. READ MORE And more about the benefits of Food Policy Councils here


Orchard Windfalls Fund The Tree Council is inviting charities and not-for-profit community organisations to apply for a grant for fruit trees to be planted during National Tree Week (24 November to 2 December, 2018). Grants will be between £100 and £700 with successful applicants receiving up to 75% towards their planting costs. Deadline 31 March 2018 MORE HERE.

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