Here are some projects and initiatives within the world of food that we find particularly exciting! We've also included articles, films and books that have helped us better understand issues surrounding the food industry. Hope you enjoy them!
Articles & Reports
- Feb 2016: Sustainable Food Trust: Sustainability is complex: There is no single diet solution
- Feb 2016: The Guardian: Organic consumers avoiding processed and red meat, sales show
- Feb 2016: ASDA are trialling a wonky veg box scheme at selected stores!
Jan 2010: Food Climate Research Network publish How low can we go? An assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from the UK food system and the scope for reduction by 2050
- The Omnivore's Dilemma: In this veritable bible of ecotarianism, Michael Pollan unpicks the question 'what should we have for dinner?', by following four meals back to their source across America, and the food industry back to its origins. It's enlightening, philosophical and profound. See also Pollan's more recent book, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, from which comes the now famous mantra 'Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants'.
- Eating Animals: Jonathan Safran Foer explores philosophical and personal responses to meat eating and animal agriculture, with insights into the US food industry
- The Vegetable Garden Displayed (RHS): A major component of the war in the Home Front during WWII, this is the original and best guide on home growing.
- Grow Your Own Veg & Fruit Year Planner (RHS): Blackcurrants on the balcony. Carrots in containers. Gooseberries in the garden. It's a myth that growing food is difficult and restricts what you eat. Check out this does-what-it-says-on-the-tin guide to dispel that myth.
- Meat: A Benign Extravagance: Critiquing both veganism and current livestock farming methods, Simon Fairlie's book puts forward arguments in support of animal agriculture as part of a more efficent, circular means of food production.
- Food, Inc. (2008): Focusing mainly on the American food system - but very wide reaching and globally applicable in terms of the industrialisation of the food system and the impacts of this on human health, the environment and animal welfare. A must-see.
- Cowspiracy (2014): Eye-opening documentary about the impacts of animal agriculture on the environment and climate, and the unwillingness of leaders in government and the environmental movement to challenge the industry. Definitely worth watching.
- Just Eat It: a food waste story (2014): Award winning documentary that tackles the issue of just how much food is wasted in the global food system, and follows a couple as they try to survive on wasted food alone. Shocking, smart and compelling.
WEBSITES AND APPS
- Big Barn - 'The Amazon of Local Food'
- Capital Growth - find community food growing opportunities in your area
- Farmdrop - an online farmer's and producers market delivering to your door in London
- The Food Assembly - Order food and products from local farmers/foodmakers and collect from a community pick-up poin
- FoodCycle - You can volunteer at hubs around London where meals are produced from waste food items
- How Many Of You - Could the planet support 7 billion of YOU? Test your lifestyle habits with this handy calculator
- Jamie's Food Revolution - ideas and campaigns empowering people to change the food system through their own habits and pressure on authorities
- Olio - Food-sharing between neighbours and small businesses that would otherwise go to waste
- Riverford organic farms - order your meat, dairy and veg directly from local organic farms
- Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) - The authority on good gardening practice and education, not just in the UK but around the world
- UK Parliament POSTnotes - Short and sweet policy guides, reviewed by scientists, made to brief government ministers.
- Countryside Classroom - Online teaching resources, DIY guides and day-trip opportunities made to bring schoolchildren in touch with food and nature.
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