SUSTAINABLE FOOD & DRINK GROUP

montage: veg box delivery, fishmongers at work, grazing sheep, free range eggs

The group’s focus is about food and drink that is good for us and good for the environment; food that does not cost the earth.

The group is interested in promoting a sustainable food and drink culture in the Bradford on Avon Community Area, and beyond. It’s a forum for exploring the issues, ideas and information, raising awareness, encouraging networking, and supporting environmentally friendly practice and initiatives in the food chain. We would like to be confident that all food and drink is produced to high environmental and ethical standards.

If you feel you would like be involved or help the Sustainable Food & Drink Group in any way please email climatechampions@gmail.com (preferred) or telephone/text 07507 782523.

Think Globally, Act Locally...

Read more about the group’s activities

Read the group’s key documents:
Sustainable Food and Drink – Looking after the Earth
Dietary recommendations for reducing environmental impacts and improving sustainability

THINGS TO DO

  • Join the Extinction Rebellion here…

  • The Guardian recently asked some top chefs how they minimise food waste in their kitchens. Check out their tips here and see what ideas you can borrow at home.

  • Call on your MP to back the amendment for trade democracy, to ensure real scrutiny on food standards. More.

SUSTAINABLE FOOD & DRINK GROUP ARTICLES

Discussions about what we should eat

The Carbon Footprint of food is not a measure of sustainability and is liable to mislead both personal food choices and public policy. ‘Confounding Factors in discussions about what we…

September Update

September Update
IPPC RECOGNISES POSITIVE ROLE OF LIVESTOCK FARMING
The NFU has criticised media headlines of the recent IPPC report in “12 things we learned from the IPCC climate land report” Read more here
” WILD HARVEST. Ancient meadows restored with roadside hay cuttings” – restoring local species of wildflowers to fields. (The Guardian on 24 Aug). This sounds a great idea for returning locally specific species to farmland.
CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOL – SUSTAINABLE KITCHEN GARDEN (from Lizzie Munday)
Volunteers have recently transformed an overgrown area in the Christ Church Primary School grounds to create a sustainable kitchen garden

August Update

The IPCC REPORT: Climate Change and Land is available. For extracts and comment – see here
CFBoA KEY MESSAGES on Sustainable Food and Drink have now been agreed by the Coordinating Committee.
See here.
“FARM AND NATURE WALK AND TALK”: Hartley Farm (Shop) Saturday 5th October.
With Sue Coppard delighted to have confirmation that all beef and lamb sold at Hartley Farm is grass-fed and that pork, chicken and eggs are all from free-range production, we are very happy that the Bowles family will take us on a tour of the farm

July Update

July Update
Success at the BOOM Awards
At the Soil Association’s BOOM (Best of Organic Markets) Awards Brown Cow Organics, where we had a really interesting and enjoyable farm walk on 11th May, has come top in both the Yoghurts and Chilled Desserts subcategory and the Charcuterie and Processed Meats subcategory for their beef burgers from their Guernsey dairy beef herd. Nigel Gerdes was clearly of a mind with the judges when said that he could vouch that the yoghurt (we each received a large pot as a gift after the farm walk) was the best that he had ever tasted. Congratulations to Judith and Clive!
Seasonal Fruit and Veg
More and more lovely fruit and veg coming in to season from our local growers at the moment.

June Update

GRAZING LIVESTOCK part of the SOLUTION to CLIMATE CHANGE, NOT the PROBLEM
This month the Farming Minister has made a statement that grazing cattle and sheep on uplands and as part rotational farming is part of the solution to climate change, not the problem. In the wake of the report by the Committee on Climate change, he has said that climate targets can be met without reducing livestock production in the UK.
VISIT to BROWN COW ORGANICS
Read here more feedback from the group that took part in on our visit on 11th May to this organic dairy and beef farm.

May Update

BRADFORD ON AVON FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL: 1st June – Victory Field, Frome Road. There will be plenty of amazing food and drink to eat, lots of wonderful shopping opportunities and plenty to keep you occupied.
BROWN COW ORGANICS – CFB ‘FARM AND NATURE WALK AND TALK’: We were welcomed and shown round this beautiful farm by Judith Freane, who farms with her husband, Clive, and were sent home with a pot each of their delicious River Cottage yoghurt (also available from Hartley Farm Shop). The yogurt and meat from this organic Guernsey dairy and beef herd is high in A2 beta casein and can be ordered online www.browncoworganics.co.uk or by telephone for delivery or collection.

A word from the Chair – about Food production

In these dark times it is vital to find reasons for being positive about the future. Two short articles have cheered me up recently, both about food production. The first described the recent development of roof top gardens producing food in Paris. The largest one in Europe is currently under construction, 14,000 square m, and due to be completed by spring 2020. It will produce 1000kg of organic fruit and vegetables each day in the high season.

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