Food & Farming

Soil Association launches national Organic Served Here award scheme for restaurants

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Organic Served Here is a new award from the Soil Association for restaurants, cafes and eateries that commit to sourcing organic food for their menus.

The Soil Association has launched Organic Served Here, an award scheme for restaurants, cafes and eateries to celebrate their commitment to using organic ingredients. The Organic Served Here scheme assures customers restaurants source between 15% and 100% of their ingredients from certified organic suppliers. Read more »

Study reveals disturbing hunger trends in world's highland areas

While global hunger figures are decreasing, the number of food insecure people in mountain areas rose 30 percent between 2000 and 2012, according to a new study, released today by FAO and the Mountain Partnership on International Mountain Day. Read more »

Divine Chocolate voted the UK's favourite Fairtrade product

The Divine team: Sophi Tranchell (centre), Managing Director at Divine, accepted the award from chef, writer and broadcaster Allegra McEvedy MBE, Patron of the Fairtrade Foundation

Divine's Milk Chocolate with Toffee & Sea Salt was named as the UK's Favourite Fairtrade Product at a reception held on 15 October 2014 to mark 20 years of Fairtrade in the UK. The public praised Divine's chocolate bar for its “innovative flavour”, calling it “just the ticket for an autumnal fireside tea-break”, their “favourite little luxury” and “absolutely scrumptious”. Read more »

Tetra Pak launches carton made entirely from plant based and renewable materials

Tetra Pak, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, is launching the industry’s first carton made entirely from plant based, renewable packaging materials. The new Tetra Rex® carton will be the first in the market to have bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films and bio-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) caps, both derived from sugar cane, in addition to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paperboard. Read more »

Putting family farmers first to eradicate hunger

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SOFA report urges enabling the world’s half billion family farmers to be agents of change
16 October 2014, Rome -Nine out of ten of the world's 570 million farms are managed by families, making the family farm the predominant of agriculture, and consequently a potentially crucial agent of change in achieving sustainable food security and in eradicating hunger in the future, according to a new U.N. report released today. Read more »

Climate-smart agriculture and new approaches to food systems needed to cope with climate change

Overcoming climate change is central to achieving a sustainable future for the planet's growing population, and food security must lie at the heart of that effort, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said in a speech at the UN Climate Summit in New York this September (2014). Read more »

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 »

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