Dietary recommendations for reducing environmental impacts and improving sustainability

Dietary Recommendations from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation 2016 “There is increasing evidence that dietary patterns with low environmental impacts are also healthier. Common features of such diets are: the diversity of foods eaten a balance between energy intake and energy expenditure the inclusion of minimally processed tubers and whole grains along with legumes, … Read more

Food and farming

Defra’s Food Statistics Pocketbook 2012 says that UK produced 51.8% of its own food supply in 2011. This included 83% of dairy products and bird’s egg supply, 82% of meat and meat preparation supply, 62% of cereals and cereal preparations (rice included in the overall calculation), 23% of fruit and vegetables. We are fortunate that … Read more

Growing your own

Only 23% of fruit and veg consumed in the UK are produced here, according to Defra statistics. With world food reserve levels low, and prices high, which particularly affects the world’s poorest, everyone’s growing and producing contribution counts. Many people have space to produce some fruit, veg and herbs in their garden, in a window … Read more

10 good reasons…

10 GOOD REASONS WHY LOCAL FOOD IS IMPORTANT 1. Freshness and flavour: We have many local farmers and producers in the area, passionate about the quality and integrity of their food, resulting in delicious produce which is full of flavour. 2. Seasonality: Much easier to know what is in season if food is locally produced. Connects people … Read more

What Is Sustainable Food?

Ultimately sustainably sourced food and sustainable practice throughout the food chain is in everyone’s interest. The following nationally recognised sustainable food frameworks can help guide us: Nationally recognised sustainable food frameworks: The Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering (for the public sector). These recommendations of minimum sustainability standards are likely to be good initial … Read more

Positive Choices

The food we choose has an effect, not only on our own health, but also on the health of the environment and the planet. How food is produced is an outcome of our buying choices. In March 2010 Hilary Benn, then Secretary of State for Defra, said that ‘people power’ could revolutionise the way that … Read more

Some of the issues

We are very fortunate in the Bradford on Avon area to have low carbon, locally produced food readily available. Increasingly some food retailers, schools, hospitals, restaurants and other organisations and individuals are trying to ensure that they are sourcing their food to high environmental and ethical standards. As well as for supplying context, we hope … Read more

Need for joined up thinking

There are many important strands in the food chain where it would be helpful to have ‘joined-up thinking’, such as: 20% of UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are attributable to the UK food chain (7% due to agriculture). The overall figure is estimated to be 30%, if land use change (including forest) is counted proportionally … Read more