Six months to the day since the Advertising Standards Authority banned the sandwich chain Pret a Manger from advertising its additive-laden sandwiches and wraps as ‘natural’, the company is still using the claim in-store. Real Bread Campaign coordinator Chris Young wonders: who’s there to protect us from being misinformed or misled by food businesses?
Sustain has published a new guide to support councils to incorporate edible gardens into parks as a way to tackle social isolation, poor health and diet and childhood obesity.
No one should have to go to bed hungry, yet food poverty is growing rapidly. So how can we help? End Hunger Week runs from 13-21 October and is an opportunity for people, communities and businesses to unite and campaign for change in the root causes of poverty, as well as work together to respond to offer food lifelines to those in need.
A new study from Cancer Research and the University of Liverpool with 2,500 7-11 year olds reveals once again how increased exposure to junk food advertising increases children’s desire for less healthy products.
Twelve of the seventeen category winners at this year’s World Bread Awards, including overall champion and special merit award, were loaves baked by Real Bread Campaign supporters.
The Real Bread Campaign is reviewing its official ambassador role and is inviting Campaign supporters and other friends to share their views to help guide this process.
Over 30% of Healthy Start vouchers are not being claimed in London, which would help low income young families afford a healthy diet. London is below national average, with some local authorities making little attempt to increase update. Over £200K is unclaimed across 13 London boroughs.
Six finalists took part in a live cook-off to find the best plant-centred dish made with vegetables grown in and around Glasgow. The winner was head chef of Ox and Finch Aurelien Mourez with a smoked beetroot, lemon sorrel emulsion, potato crisp dish. The judging panel was headed by Gary Maclean, 2016 winner of MasterChef: The Professionals and Scotland’s National Chef.
This guide, co-written with Sustain member Shared Assets, shows how councils can take forward food growing in parks, using public assets to address local priorities. The guide shows councils not only the many benefits of using parks for food growing, but the different options for working with their local communities to manage these sites.
After receiving a suspended sentence, Francesca Barker, took a Bread Angels course as part of her probation. In spring 2013, she launched The Barker Baker, a social enterprise selling - and teaching people to bake - Real Bread and other bakes.
In the latest of our good food jobs features we meet fun guys, Alexandro and Cesar Rizzo.
Join Blackburn with Darwen Food Alliance on Friday 19 October as young people from the school, along with support of Darwen Vale & Nightsafe, launch their #DarwengetsHangry campaign.
After a pilot installing 20 fountains this summer, the Mayor has partnered with Thames Water to scale up the scheme with an estimated £5million investment jointly. Sustain welcome the leadership but question whether the ambition measures up to the scale of the problem it is trying to tackle.
The latest issue of the Real Bread Campaign supporters’ magazine has had a makeover but still includes the same mix of features, prize giveaway and even a free poster.
Eight years since publishing its original Are Supermarket Bloomers Pants? report, the Real Bread Campaign believes that what much of supermarket ‘in-store bakery’ still amounts to is little more than in-store theatre.
London grew, we made, we cooked, we foraged and we saved. We look back at some of our favourite events and ahead to how you can enjoy as urban food all year round.
The Children's Food Campaign has launched a new survey to make sure parents' views are heard in response to government proposals to ban the sale of energy drinks to children. Join our Parents' Jury today if you want to take part. Deadline: Thursday 25 October 2018.
From 12-26 October, a landmark exhibition on London’s South Bank will celebrate the small, family farmers who produce over 70% of the world’s food.
Kerry Rankine has worked at the Hackney-based social enterprise Growing Communities for over 17 years and is currently the Dagenham Farm and Farmers’ Market co-ordinator. This involves overseeing the long-established Growing Communities’ Farmers Market as well as their Dagenham Farm, which was set up six years ago and produces four tonnes of food annually sold through their box scheme and to residents and restaurants.
An open event at Westminster will discuss the effect of agriculture on climate change.
The Department of Trade wants your views on trade opportunities after Brexit.
The Welsh Government are seeking views on securing the future of farmland after Brexit.
Sustain members GM Freeze and Beyond GM have joined together to launch a new petition to protect consumers’ rights in knowing whether they are buying food made from GM ingredients.
Sustain member, the Vegetarian Society, have created their own vegetarian Eatwell guide as an alternative to the government’s meat based plate.
Here's Francesca Nicol with a round up of the good food openings to cross The 'Eel's radar.
A Real Bread Campaign investigation of in-store bakery and own brand loaf manufacture, labelling and marketing.
The Campaign believes The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ response to its call for improved loaf labelling and marketing legislation is a failure to protect shoppers and small, independent bakeries.
In light of a newspaper front page revelation, the Campaign has renewed its long-standing call for a legal definition, and criteria for use, of 'freshly-baked' and similar marketing claims.
Enfield Council has teamed up with London Food Link supporter Gourmet Goat to become the first in the UK to be awarded a top rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association for its Civic Centre restaurant.
The Real Bread Campaign has added experts to its 10th anniversary networking and fundraising evening on 26 November, which is already fully-booked
With a long history of discussion around the politics of food from the Food Climate Research Network at the University, the annual Food Symposium and, of course, the Oxford Farming Conference and its rebellious sister down the road, the Oxford Real Farming Conference, it’s no wonder the city’s food scene has some pretty exciting, sustainable features, says Fran Bernhardt.
The implications of the UK Agriculture Bill go beyond farming. This article sets out the three big areas that sustainable fishing specialists may have missed. Those concerned with sustainable fishing need get involved in the parliamentary process to come.
As part of the Real Bread Campaign's monitoring and evaluation, we need everyone who got involved around the world to share your stats, stories and snaps.
The sandwich retailer Pret a Manger has promised to display full ingredients lists, following the tragic death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse as the result of her allergic reaction after eating a Pret baguette that she did not know contained sesame.
London Food Link and Capital Growth are inviting those looking for their place in the field of good food, to join them for a day of inspiration, discussion and learning. The Roots to Work conference takes place on Thursday 18 October at the Bargehouse, on the Thames as part of the Gaia Foundation We Feed the World Exhibition.
In today’s world of high-tech food production, constant availability and overwhelming consumer choice, a counterculture of interest in wild, seasonal and hyperlocal food has arisen. Is it just a fad, or does it reflect something deeper? Kester Muller delves into the idiosyncratic world of foraging – a new theme for this year’s Urban Food Fortnight - to find out.
The government wants to hear your thoughts on labelling food with information on calories when eating in cafes, restaurants and takeaways - a move welcomed by Sustain member Diabetes UK.
More children are eating fast food meals in the US and they are not eating the healthy choices according to new research from the Rudd Centre for Food Policy and Obesity.
An event at the Centre for Food Policy - who are a member of Sustain - uses 20 years of experience of the everyday food habits of children and adults to make a true change to our food culture.
It seems a wave of innovation is coming in food, propelled mainly by web technology and by companies intent on ‘disruption’, says Kester Muller.
Get ready to dive into everything good about food in London this Urban Food Fortnight. From 20th September to 7th October, Londoners will be treated to the biggest ever menu of good food events, celebrating all that is grown, made, cooked, saved, foraged and – even bigger this year – fermented in the capital.
Only 10 miles from the M25, this is one of the few small farm dairies left around London, and one of the last remaining in Essex. Rebecca Tyers from London Farmers’ Markets catches up with the family.
Most parents told us they are concerned that junk food advertising is having a significant impact on their children’s food choices. Many reported that their children were regularly being targeted and as a result increasingly associated unhealthy foods with treats and rewards, and asked for the brands they saw, making it harder for them to encourage healthy eating habits.
We have submitted evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee as part of their follow up enquiry into the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK
New report finds that there are an estimated 14.2 million people living in poverty in the U.K
Abbi Kent visits the pub that might well be the first and only vegan boozer in the capital.
In addition to composting, many of us dutifully separate and put recyclable food and drink packaging out for collection, perhaps with the nagging fear that it all just gets chucked in the same bin and sent to landfill. Sam Sinha rummages around to shed some light on what happens to your lovingly sorted stuff after collection.
Do kitchens set up by delivery companies create choice for diners and opportunities for some restaurants, or will an automated future in fact benefit only shareholders, ask Olly Davy.
It looks like herring is making a comeback, says Becca Roberts.
The British barbecue can be one dimensional to say the least. At worst it’s a suspect sausage fest or tinfoil insta-grill of blackened, but still raw, caged chicken. It doesn’t have to be that way, says our resident chef, Tom Hunt.
Nestled between a garage and The Elephant and Castle gyratory is an unlikely location for a food market. But, as Andrea Rasca, the founder and self-titled Chief Executive Dreamer of Mercato Metropolitano, tells Fran Bernhardt, that’s half the point.
We Londoners don’t spend our whole lives in the capital, so as a change to our regular ‘Eel Loves… feature, we sent intrepid traveller Clare Gilbert to brave the trains to explore the good food scene of Bohemian Brighton.
Natural chef, Ceri Jones speaks to the Eel about her work, food heroes and love of straciatella ice cream.
What's new on The ‘Eel’s radar? Elliot Kett gets us up to date.
Summer’s here so let’s hit the beach! Pack your sun cream / wellies and find where Sally Gurteen says you can do better than unsustainable fish and soggy chips.
‘Eel readers may do well at making good food choices in their everyday lives. But what happens when we’re having (possibly alcohol-fuelled) fun in the sun, especially at a music festival, asks Kirsten Foster.
Benjamin Cullen says ‘velo’ to the new wave of pedal-powered provender peddlers.
There is ever greater awareness of animal agriculture’s impact on the environment, human health and animal welfare, spearheaded by savvy, networked consumers, living under the looming shadow of a projected population of nine billion, says sustainability and social impact consultant Tania Han.
The UK supermarkets have seen major disruptions of late, with the rise and rise of Aldi and Lidl alongside the growth in on-line purchases. The revolution ramped up a notch in May with asurprise move by Sainsbury’s, says Vicki Hird.
‘Eel regular columnist, chef Tom Hunt, shares why we should be seeing seasonal strawberries and local loganberries.
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