Food & Farming

Organic market strengthens as 83% of UK households now buy organic in some form

The Soil Association has revealed new figures showing an acceleration in the growth of the UK’s organic grocery market - outperforming non-organic sales in supermarkets. Read more »

Gold for Grow Mayow Community Garden

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Grow Mayow Community Garden has been awarded the highest level of achievement from the Royal Horticultural Society and London in Bloom in this year’s RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood initiative.

Iris Borgers and Erika Sager were presented with the Level 5: Outstanding award at the RHS London In Bloom ceremony at the Surrey County Cricket Club on Monday, 8 September. Read more »

A new recipe for farming: UK government challenged to fix our broken food system

Ten organisations have come together for the first time to connect some very important issues and start a conversation that affects us all. Square Meal: why we need a new recipe for farming, wildlife, food and public health is a new report published by The Food Research Collaboration, the RSPB, Friends of the Earth, the National Trust, the Food Ethics Council, Sustain, the Wildlife Trusts, the Soil Association, Eating Better and Compassion in World Farming. Read more »

Mayor of London gives support to new London schools food growing initiative

Food Growing Schools: London launches on 20th June 2014 bringing together the very best of London’s food growing expertise, with the ambition to inspire every school in London to grow their own food by the end of 2016. Supported by the Mayor of London and the Big Lottery Fund, the launch coincides with recent changes to Government school food policy (School Food Plan, free infant school meals, cooking in the curriculum for all under 14s). Read more »

FoE report links UK pension funds to land grabbing for the first time

UK pension funds and asset management companies could potentially have £37 billion invested in ‘land grabs’ worldwide, according to a new report published by Friends of the Earth. Read more »

Bottom trawling causes deep-sea biological desertification

Microscopic view of nematodes © Cristina Gambi, Marche Polytechnic University

A study led by scientists from the Polytechnic University of Marche (Ancona, Italy) involving researchers from the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM, CSIC) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), has determined that fishing trawling causes intensive, long-term biological desertification of the sedimentary seabed ecosystems, diminishing their content in organic carbon and threatening their biodiversity. Read more »

The Food Climate Research Network publishes new report into China’s changing food system

The Food Climate Research Network has published a major new report focusing on China’s changing food system. Appetite for Change provides a detailed and integrative analysis of the dramatic changes in China’s food system over the last 35 years, and explores the linkages among the environmental, health, economic and cultural trends that are emerging.

The major changes include:

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Report finds recognising & investing in women farmers is good for business & development

Many businesses are unaware of the crucial role women play in supplying the ingredients they depend on for their products, as this contribution is often unrecognised, unpaid and invisible, says a new report Empowering Women Farmers in Agricultural Value Chains laun Read more »

Food for Life Partnership founder shortlisted for Inspirational Woman of the Year award

Jeanette Orrey MBE

Food for Life Partnership co-founder Jeanette Orrey MBE, was one of five women shortlisted for the 2013 Daily Mail Inspirational Woman of the Year Awards held last night in London (11 November 2013).

Jeanette is a former school dinner lady with over 20 year’s practical experience of providing good school food. Founded in 2003, the Soil Association led Food for Life Partnership works in nearly 5,000 schools across England improving school food and increasing cooking and growing skills. Read more »

FAO report shows that substantial cuts achievable in greenhouse gas emissions from livestock

Greenhouse gas emissions by the livestock sector could be cut by as much as 30 percent through the wider use of existing best practices and technologies, according to a new study released on 26th September 2013 by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Read more »

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