Capital Growth shares urban food growing benefits that go way beyond locally-sourced potatoes 

The role of food growing in improving health and developing skills and jobs has been highlighted in a new essay written by Capital Growth, London’s food growing network.  

The piece, entitled Street Food, was published this week in the latest edition of London Essays from the Centre for London, which this time focuses on London’s food scene.

“The essays cover the breadth and depth of London’s complicated, challenging and yet exciting food scene” explains Sustain's Programme Manager, Sarah Williams, author of the Street Food essay. “The cover topics ranging from obesity, food poverty to the rise of food tech and the rise in gin making in the capital.  They make a really great read and we hope to build on this discussion during this year’s Urban Food Fortnight”.

Other essays include Decarbonising Food by Kath Dalmeny, Co-ordinator of Sustain, which sets out how to eat well within global environmental limits and a thoughtful piece by Rosie Boycott, current Chair of London Food Board, where she cites how cities can hold the answer to many food issues.   Both of these essays also mention the role of Capital Growth in engaging Londoners in food.

The full set of London Essays on food can be found here.

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Capital Growth: The Capital Growth campaign, run by Sustain's London Food Link offers practical and financial support to communities around London to help more people grow more food, and to have greater access to land and growing spaces for community benefit. The Capital Bee project, part of Capital Growth, seeks pledges to promote bee-friendly behaviour, and supports establishment of community beehives.

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