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Somali kitchenSomali Kitchen: Talking Easton’s food politics and real fast food  The nondescript walkway outside the Junction 3 Library in Easton was transformed one Monday afternoon, offering homemade Somali food, juices and spiced tea to hungry passers-by, courtesy of the pop-up Somali Kitchen. The event was led by a group of mums, all members of SPAN (Single Parent Action Network), who are keen to promote healthy alternatives to the fast food on offer at the dozens of takeaways in the area, while discussing food-related issues and celebrating Somali food and culture. More

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Growing together – an allotment picture essay National Allotments Week in August 2016 aimed to highlight the inclusive nature of allotment gardening, appealing to all sections of society and all levels of ability. Guardian photographer Sam Frost went to meet allotment holders at Alderman Moore’s Bristol

Greggs and M&S join movement to donate leftover food to solidarity fridges  A fridge inside a brightly painted ex-public toilet block is helping a Somerset town’s food businesses reduce their waste. Frome’s community fridge was launched in April 2016 after the town council’s resilience officer, Anna Francis, heard about solidarity fridges in Spain, where residents and restaurants can drop off food otherwise destined for the bin. More

NFU’s complaint over ‘fake’ farm branding  The NFU are campaigning against supermarkets using ‘fake farm’ labels and we’re right behind them. Without a doubt, using fictional farm names to give shoppers a sense of provenance is deeply misleading. The Soil Association are one of the partners in the Labelling Matters campaign which supports clear and honest labelling. More

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Sustainability slogans: Genuine claims or food fraud?  The word ‘sustainable’ has become a mantra for businesses seeking to promote their corporate social responsibility credentials. But in the absence of a clear definition of the word, consumers are left to come to their own interpretations. More

Vegetable Agenda: Where art and vegetables meet  Blaenffos Market Garden in Pembrokeshire is more than just a farm, it also offers a programme for artists that presents a clever way of bringing a wider public onto the site to see what they are doing. More

Holy Cow! The World’s First Floating Urban Dairy Farm  The Netherlands is reinventing urban dairy farming. By January 2017, the port city Rotterdam will be home to the world’s first Floating Dairy Farm. With the rapidly rising world population and land scarcity in mind, the Dutch companies behind the floating farm concept aim to address the challenges of the future – the ever-increasing demand for food as well as concerns about traditional farming methods. More

The Great British High Street awards  Entries for this year’s Great British High Street of the Year competition are now open. New categories include the Rising Star Award celebrating high streets that are taking their first steps turning around their fortunes; and High Street Heroes – examples of local business owners and store managers that are working hard for their towns and high streets. Deadline for applications is Friday 9 September. More

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Food as medicine: Diet, myths and microbes  Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, made headlines last year when he subjected his son to a diet of McDonald’s for 10 days, the results of which had a staggering impact on his microbiome. In this talk from the recent Food: The Forgotten Medicine conference, Tim explains how a health scare led him to rethink his own lifestyle choices and also to question the advice he had been giving to patients ­around diet and exercise. More

Holiday hunger: Parents skip meals to feed children  A Trussell Trust report reveals the worries of having to pay for childcare and food during the six-week break. The charity said demand on its 35 food banks in Wales peak during July and August, when there is no access to school dinners or breakfast clubs. In response it has launched new holiday clubs to offer children activities and provide them with meals. More

Fighting the clones: Bristol developer calls time on chain cafes  Why do new shopping centres and waterfront developments always feature the same national chains of cafes and shops? A new development in Bristol has bucked the trend, favouring local shops and cafes instead. More See also Converted shipping containers lift Bristol’s burgeoning food scene

How much should food cost?  Colin Tudge, founder of the College for Real Farming, Food and Culture, suggests that it’s impossible to decide on a price for food that is sensible and just, as long as incomes remain so unequal and governments are in thrall to the market. More


BCC interactive mapping  An interactive Local Plan Policies Map is now available on the council’s Local Plan webpage. Clicking on the map identifies designations and allocations relating to Local Plan policies. Sites can be identified using the street/postcode search facility or by the pan and zoom functions.

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Grainchain  A newly designed and updated website offers UK teachers free access to the very latest, national curriculum-linked lesson plans and resources exploring farming, food and healthy eating, while helping children understand where grain-based food comes from.

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Transforming derelict land  A guide to transforming derelict or underused land through community-led models demonstrates how to bring communities together to take action to bring land back into productive use.

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Bags of Help  Bags of Help is a rolling grant scheme funded by Tesco customers through the carrier bag charge. The grants support projects that deliver a physical environmental improvement or encourage use and long term sustainability of outdoor spaces. The current round of the programme opened in August.


Let’s end waste from coffee cups  Fewer than 1 in 400 takeaway cups are recycled, meaning that as many as 2.5 billion take-away coffee cups may be chucked away each year. Friends of the Earth want Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom to make the cafe chains reward you for taking your own cup. She should also ban takeaway cups that can’t be recycled and get cafe chains to provide recycling bins. Sign the petition.


Grass-Fed Nation: Getting Back the Food We DeserveGraham Harvey · £5.69–£9.98  Graham Harvey, agricultural advisor to BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, lays out all the arguments for grass-fed food – why it’s good for us, and why it’s good for the planet. Article

Footprint Sustainability Index Trends Report 2016  This report analyses the key trends in sustainability in foodservice from supply chain, natural resources, energy and emissions, health and vitality, waste, and employees and local communities. Footprint aims to be the catalyst for shifting sustainability efforts in foodservice and hospitality; give best practice a platform and context whilst highlighting areas requiring attention.

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