Sainsbury’s puts its sustainability work into spotlight
Sainsbury’s unveiled its 20 by 20 Sustainability Plan last October, a programme that sets out 20 targets for the retailer to achieve by 2020, such as doubling the amount of British food it sells, reducing carbon emissions by 65% compared to 2005 levels and increasing sales of ethical products by GBP1bn. Just-food blog.
Stewardship in the New Year
Changes to Environmental Stewardship schemes that farmers and landowners need to know about are coming into force from January 1. The changes will affect both the Entry Level Scheme (ELS) and the Higher Level Scheme (HLS). Five new options are being introduced as part of the Making Environmental Stewardship More Effective initiative. These include hedgerow restoration (previously only available as part of UELS) and options to create herb-rich swards and add wild flowers to buffer strips and field corners. nebusiness.co.uk blog.
Germany: “Westphalia produce needs quality hallmark”
If it were up to the NGG, a German union for the Fresh Produce industry, residents of Westphalia will soon be able to choose regional produce. The union, calling upon local government, thinks a ‘Made in Westphalia’ label will assist consumers in their choice. Kale, potatoes, milk: all local produce should have a mark of origin, says Helge Adolphs, Secretary of NGG South-Westphalia. The union has urged government officials, as well as the European Parliament, to raise the issue in local politics. FreshPlaza story.
Book of farm markets promotes local produce
The second edition of “Farm Markets of Central New Jersey” has been released and covers markets in Mercer, Burlington, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset and Ocean counties. First published in 2010, the book promotes support for locally grown foods in central New Jersey and was developed under the direction of the conservation committee of the Garden Club of Princeton. The Times of Trenton story.
‘Farm-to-School’ initiative puts fresh produce in classes
When you hear the popular phrase “farm to table,” it’s often in reference to a restaurant promoting a locally sourced menu, or to a farmers market. Now the “farm to table” philosophy has caught on in education, including the San Marcos Unified School District. With the help of a Southern California farmer, it’s being used there to promote nutrition, encourage healthy eating, and get local produce on cafeteria trays. North County Times.
MLUI Receives Grant to Scale up Local Food in Schools, USDA Awards Two-Year, $100,000 Grant for Local Farm to School Program
The grant allows MLUI to partner with eight local districts and area farmers to invest in cold storage and processing equipment to scale up local food procurement by the schools. It also allows MLUI to expand the farm to school activities that it currently operates in six schools as the regional site of the national FoodCorps program. A new grant will make it easier for local growers to get their fruits and vegetables on to the school trays of thousands of students in northern Michigan—helping local agriculture while teaching kids the importance of local food and healthy eating habits. Traverse City Chamber of Commerce post.
Enhancing the environment through payment for ecosystem services
The UK Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (RELU) has produced a briefing paper on the potential for payment for ecosystem services (PES) to impact natural resource management, focusing on issues from a UK perspective. Ecosystem services, such as supplies of clean drinking water, pollination services, and the ability of habitat to lock up greenhouse gases, pose a unique problem because they belong to everyone or no one and it is difficult to put a monetary value on these services. PES seems to be offering a route to the better management of natural resources, and sources of untapped investment for the conservation of natural capital. Policy Brief.
LBCC class covers all the food bases
New LBCC sustainability class links agriculture with culinary arts With Thanksgiving tables laying out food spreads that will last many households for a week, Stefan Seiter thought it was a fitting time for his class to visit Linn-Benton Food Share. About 20 Linn-Benton Community College students visited the site near Tangent on Wednesday for a walking tour and a chance to help package items for holiday distribution. Seiter’s class, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, is a perfect venue for learning about the Food Share and groups like the gleaners. But the class itself delves into much more. “It reflects the entire local food movement,” said Seiter, who has been an instructor at LBCC for nine years. “It’s all about farm to table.” Albany Democrat Herald story
Local produce tops menu at Abu Dhabi food show
The largest food exhibition in the region to be held next week in Abu Dhabi will help boost production of local foods, organisers said yesterday. SIAL Middle East, the professional trade exhibition for the food, drink and hospitality industry, will take place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition centre (Adnec) from November 26-28, event organisers said at press conference. Held in strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), the three-day exhibition will occupy all eight halls at the Adnec venue and feature three co-located exhibitions, accommodating in excess of 1,000 food exhibitors from 52 countries. GulfNews.com story.
Dine Out Maine: Gather succeeds in building community around local food
Gather. It’s what we do in November. Friends and family connect over food at Thanksgiving, presaging the parties to come in December. Fun, unpredictable and boisterous at times, many such food-centric get-togethers are a warm and lively antidote to shorter, colder days. The same can be said for Gather, a new restaurant in downtown Yarmouth. It’s been open since mid-September. Gather is a fun place for many ages to hang out; consume very good, well thought-out locally sourced food; and greet a colleague, neighborhood retailer or old friend. Press Herald story.
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Who can feed children healthy food?
Government’s No Hungry Kids Act forces schools to feed children healthy lunches, which children throw into the garbage. This leads us to ask…. Who can feed children healthy food? Join the Food Chain Radio show with Michael Olson hosts chef Jamie Smith and nutritionist Jill Troderman for a conversation about how best to feed children. Topics include why the No Hungry Kids Act is changing the school lunch; how children react to government’s healthy lunches; and who can best feed children– government or parents? Listen live or recorded on your radio, computer or mobile device:Food Chain Radio #796.