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Phosphorus – friend for crops, foe in the sea

Phil Haygarth’s passion is phosphorus. He’s a professor at the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University (where I’m an honorary teaching fellow). He’s one of the authors of a Nature Communications paper called ‘Major agricultural changes required to mitigate phosphorus … Continue reading

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BBC Breakfast features #foodandpoverty commision report at Thurrock lunch club

I was up before 5am this morning to head for Thurrock lunch club where BBC breakfast did a piece about the Fabian Commission report on Food and Poverty launched today. You can read all about it, download it and see … Continue reading

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Changing the #foodsystem with #bread and #agroforestry – Andrew Whitley in the Scottish Borders

Andrew Whitley is a campaigning organic baker known for starting the Village Bakery in Melmerby in the 1970s and latterly as co-founder of the Real Bread Campaign. His book Bread Matters is credited with ‘changing the way we think about … Continue reading

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#FoodSecurity writ large, civic food networks and household food shortages discussed by rural sociologists

Food Security – for whom? was the focus of a special session at the European Society of Rural Sociology conference in Aberdeen in August. The three speakers focussed on different aspects of food security. You can hear their presentations below … Continue reading

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Precipice and Possibility: A #Food Regime Approach to Emergent Futures of Growing and Eating by Harriet Friedmann

What are the possible futures for our food systems – desirable and undesirable? That was what Harriet Friedmann was reflecting on in the Sociologia Ruralis lecture at the 15th European Society for Rural Sociology conference in Aberdeen yesterday. In this … Continue reading

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Company Shop: growing a business from food that otherwise would go to waste.

Just off junction 36 on the M1, in Wentworth near Barnsley, is the head office of Company Shop, a business that has prospered by selling in-date, surplus food that would otherwise go to waste. Not anyone can buy it though, … Continue reading

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Transforming #Food: All things considered – constraints, enablers, tensions and bold steps outlined in Food Ethics Council report

A new report by the Food Ethics Council – Food: All things considered – assesses the transformational changes needed to build fair and healthy food systems. It “provides a robust challenge to ‘business as usual’” said Justin King, former CEO … Continue reading

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