All Blog Posts Tagged 'food' (8)

The Challenges of the Food System: What is the fuss with New Zealand apples?

Yesterday I attended a Food Seminar organised by a team of researchers at St. Andrews University in collaboration with Fife Council. The main aim of the seminar was to explore How can Local Authorities (and Fife Council in particular) help Communities Recover Sustainable Food Systems and so reduce our carbon emissions and create resilience in the face of the energy and economic crunch.



We were asked to give a contribution as One Planet Food, and to make it more real… Continue

Added by Teresa Martínez on April 29, 2010 at 17:14 — 1 Comment

am I bothered

Grass is always late here, and so this year it’s not surprising that there is nothing out there for the cows yet. We’ll have to bite the bullet and get some more silage in to keep them going for another fortnight.



The heavy rain and snow melt this week had every ditch and culvert running at capacity, and the fields will need at least a week of dry weather before we can do any cultivation. But as the daffodils are telling us, we are three or four weeks behind and we just have to wait… Continue

Added by pete on April 8, 2010 at 16:22 — No Comments

FOOD SECURITY IS EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS

The way we consume and produce food must change, and Scotland can show the way for the rest of the developed world.



Yesterday's One Planet Food seminar in Edinburgh (21 January) called for a more critical look at the future options for food in Scotland, which builds

on the National Food and Drink Policy, but goes further.



Speakers argued that the necessary change should be based on the concept of food sovereignty to secure access to safe, healthy and sustainable food… Continue

Added by Teresa Martínez on January 24, 2010 at 16:25 — No Comments

From Food Security to Food Sovereignty: Is this the solution to the tragedy of hunger in our world?



See below an extract of the Declaration of the Parallel Forum to the World Food Summit on Food Security this November. The main emphasis was on Food Sovereignty and the need to promote a new ecological model of food provision.



On the 26th of November the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the FAO Summit in Food Security, and Food Sovereignty is also in the agenda, as stated (see complete… Continue

Added by Teresa Martínez on November 30, 2009 at 14:25 — No Comments

Save our Bees

Hi Folks



Honey bees in Britain - mainly in rural areas- are dying out. The jury is out on exactly why but the Soil Association is

convinced that the use of neonicontinoid pesticides is a major factor -this seems to be backed up by the fact city bees –

unencumbered by pesticides are, in contrast, thriving.



You may not have a soft spot for bees but we NEED BEES to pollinate our plants & when pollination rates drop, this has a knock-on effect to the world's food… Continue

Added by John Riley on July 22, 2009 at 12:27 — 1 Comment

Food Hubs

Nick suggested I put up something about our Stroud Food Hub. Here is an outline:

Stroudco Food Hub



A social enterprise for local food producers and community



Principles

• Provide affordable, locally-produced food to people in Stroud

• Give producer members access to a local market at higher than wholesale prices.

• Build supportive and understanding links between producers and consumers

• Develop food culture and community… Continue

Added by Nick Weir on June 2, 2009 at 22:34 — No Comments

Abundance

Here's an urban food inititiave well worth a look at if you are interested in food sharing projects



"Each year hundreds of fruit trees go unpicked either because people don’t notice them, may not be physically able to harvest them or there are just too many fruits at one time. Abundance is a team of volunteers who have been helping harvest city fruit and redistributing the surplus to the community on a non-profit basis - to community cafes, nurseries, Surestarts and… Continue

Added by Juliet Rose on November 7, 2008 at 15:28 — 1 Comment

In Defense of Food - by Michael Pollen

This article connects 'cheap energy mentality' with the curses of specialisation - which Michael Pollen claims is getting in the way of us responding effectively to the climate crisis. His suggestion - grow food! Our Falkland friends will appreciate this argument; it's worth posting more fully to perhaps spark a discussion in the forum.



The Way We Live Now: Why Bother?



By MICHAEL POLLAN



Published: April 20, 2008 New York Times Sunday… Continue

Added by Nick Wilding on July 14, 2008 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

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