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Food and farming at COP28: What to expect and alliance asks
1 December 2023
For the first time food, farming, land, and nature are due to take the spotlight during the UNFCCC COP, this year hosted from 30th November - 12th December in Dubai. While previous COPs have given a nod to our food systems, little has been produced in the way of agreements or commitments on healthy and sustainable food. This year's event however promises action. As COP28 kicks off, we take a look at what’s planned for food and farming and highlight which events to attend to get the dish on less and better meat and dairy.
Centring plants on the Christmas table
23 November 2023
Christmas is a time of celebration and indulgence, but plants can often be sidelined. We spoke to Annabelle Randles (known as The Flexitarian online) about her experience growing up in France and how she centres plants on her festive table.
Where do the political parties stand on food systems?
15 November 2023
With global events understandably taking over the news, you would be forgiven for not being completely up to date with where each of the UK’s political parties stand on food systems. We took a look at the Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative recent party conferences to assess the priorities.
Building the feast: ESEA community dining tradition
13 November 2023
As part of our ‘Season to taste’ campaign, we invited Jenny Lau, writer and community organiser, to talk about her regular potluck event at Hackney Chinese Community Services and the celebration of culture and food that it represents.
Festive cooking for Diwali
11 November 2023
Diwali or Deepavali is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India and for the Indian diaspora around the world. We invited chef Sareta Puri to prepare some of her favourite festive dishes with a plant-based twist.
Dumpling soup: an Eastern European holiday classic
9 November 2023
We invited Alissa Timoshkina, a cookery teacher, food writer and co-founder of the #CookForUKRAINE campaign to take us through the rich food traditions of Eastern Europe along with a recipe for a delicious plant-based dumpling soup.
Impact report 2022/23
8 November 2023
This year marks 10 years of Eating Better. A decade in, we’re being increasingly recognised as a successful model of cross-sectoral collaboration for advocacy.
Masala chai and its cultural significance in India
7 November 2023
India's rich and diverse cultural tapestry is intricately woven with flavours and aromas that captivate the senses. Among the many treasures in Indian cuisine, one beverage stands out for its widespread popularity and deep-rooted cultural significance: masala chai. In this blog, we have invited Amala Chai to delve into the enchanting world of masala chai and explore its profound connection to Indian culture.
Celebrating Christmas in a Nigerian household: the magic of party Jollof rice
2 November 2023
To kick off our 'Season to taste' campaign we invited chef Tomi Makanjuola, better known as The Vegan Nigerian, to share one of her favourite nostalgic holiday dishes with us. Jollof is a staple rice dish that is culturally significant to many countries across West Africa. It is a versatile and heartwarming dish that brings communities together.
Season to taste: a joyful holiday campaign
1 November 2023
The holidays is a cheerful time of gathering for friends, family and communities, it is a time where people come together and share traditions, songs, ceremonies and most importantly food!
Government buying standards for school meals need to focus on health and sustainability
16 October 2023
Georgie Branch, Healthy Zones Programme Manager at Eating Better alliance member School Food Matters, explains how schools working with the charity have embraced less and better meat, and how government school food standards need to be improved.
Processed meat causes cancer, so why are we serving it in hospitals?
4 October 2023
‘It’s time to act on processed meat’ explores the health impacts of processed meat and calls on health organisations and public sector caterers to reduce the amount of processed meat on menus. Dr Shireen Kassam, Consultant Haematologist and Director of Plant-Based Health Professionals UK sets out the need for hospitals to stop serving processed meat.
Why avoiding processed meat can help your PCOS
28 September 2023
September is PCOS Awareness Month. Rohini Bajekal brings together her personal and professional experiences, as a nutritionist, cookery teacher at Eating Better alliance member Made in Hackney, and co-author of Living PCOS Free: How to Regain Your Hormonal Health with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, to tell us about how replacing processed meat with whole food sources of plant protein can affect Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
Processed meat and health of young children
26 September 2023
Our recent report ‘It’s time to act on processed meat’ highlights the need to reduce processed meat for our health and the planet. Processed meat intake in infants and children is particularly concerning due to the high level of salt. We spoke to Eating Better alliance member First Steps Nutrition Trust about processed meat and young children’s health.
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Eating Better alliance call for significant reduction in processed meat consumption
20 September 2023
A new resource from Eating Better considers the health impacts of processed meat and highlights the need for public sector caterers and health organisations to focus efforts on reducing processed meat consumption in the UK.
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Eating Better appoint new Executive Director
18 September 2023
Eating Better is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Wakefield as its new Executive Director.
Practical food education for health professionals
8 September 2023
According to a study published in the British Medical Journal Nutrition, Prevention & Health, most medical professionals receive less than two hours of nutrition education during their entire training. Lauren Rathbone, registered dietitian, tells us how Best Food Forward, an initiative by The School of Artisan Food is filling this gap by offering a practical, enjoyable and unique learning environment to upskill health and medical professionals in food and health.
Why farmers need butterflies
5 September 2023
The Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count took place at the beginning of August. Over 92,000 people put on their walking boots and counted 1,571,619 butterflies from 21 species. Butterflies and moths are important to a healthy ecosystem and Tim Martin from Eating Better alliance member Farm Wilder shows how an abundance of butterflies can be part of beef farming in the UK.
New BBC Ideas video celebrates beans
1 September 2023
Eating Better alliance partner TABLE’s brilliant new video with BBC Ideas tackles the myths surrounding beans, and explains how beans are unsung kitchen heroes. Jacquelyn Turner at TABLE tells us more about how the video came to life.
Greenwashing rife across the UK’s food retail sector
26 August 2023
Our Sourcing Better Checked Out reviewed retailers’ published commitments against Eating Better’s Sourcing Better framework and found that they often lack sufficient policies and reporting to deliver on goals. Eating Better alliance member Feedback’s new report ‘Greenwash Grocers’ has revealed that greenwashing is rife across the UK supermarket sector. Liam Lysaght, campaigner at Feedback UK, tells us more about their findings.
Eating Better strengthens Board of Trustees
24 August 2023
We are excited to announce the appointment of three new trustees to the Board of Eating Better. Here we introduce Kristin Bash, Liz Gadd and Shaleen Meelu, and hear their motivation for joining the Board.
Making agroforestry mainstream – a transition to healthier farming
21 August 2023
Eating Better’s newest alliance member The Woodland Trust is hosting the UK’s first Agroforestry Show in September. Helen Chesshire explores the importance of agroforestry in the transition to healthier and more sustainable food and farming in the UK.
Empowering youth voices in the food movement
12 August 2023
To mark International Youth Day on the 12th of August, we spoke to landworker and FLAME coordinator Camile El-Maawiy to hear about the new and dynamic grassroots food movement orchestrated by young people.
Eating Better response to the Climate Change Committee’s latest Progress Report to Parliament
9 August 2023
The Climate Change Committee’s latest Progress Report to Parliament highlights how the UK is falling short on reducing domestic emissions from all sectors and failing to facilitate a shift to healthy and sustainable diets.