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Investing in community-led farming
29 May 2023
For a decade and a half the Kindling Trust has been playing a part in reshaping farming and how our food is grown to make it more accessible to communities and reduce its impact on the planet.
Five essential skills for collaboration
24 May 2023
Eating Better together with Healthy Food Healthy Planet hosted a panel at the international Extinction or Regeneration conference with representatives from Italy, Spain, Poland to hear experiences of civil society collaboration across Europe.
Nurturing food system collaboration across Europe
18 May 2023
Ahead of the international Extinction or Regeneration conference, to which Eating Better was a partner, we invited representatives from 7 European countries to share and learn from each other, nurture relationships and explore successes and challenges.
Plant and Share Month 2023
7 May 2023
Plant and Share Month has become a much-loved staple of the springtime calendar running from 22nd April to 20th May 2023. The campaign, run by Eating Better alliance member Soil Association’s Food for Life programme, grew from a desire to make growing plants and food accessible and easy to learn about, bringing together communities up and down the country to grow together. During a cost of living crisis that has seen supplies of fruit and vegetables dwindle in the supermarkets and the cost of meat and dairy rising, growing your own herbs, salads and vegetables can be a great way of eating healthily and sustainably.
Reducing waste: Food, land and water
26 April 2023
Stop Food Waste Day aims to highlight how valuable food is and how reducing waste can save money, time and the environment. The UK alone produces around 6.6 million tonnes of waste a year just at the household level, accounting for 25 million tonnes of CO2 emissions - 5.4% of the UK’s overall emissions.
The Woodland Trust joins the Eating Better alliance
24 April 2023
We are delighted to announce that The Woodland Trust is joining the Eating Better alliance.
Prioritising food justice
27 March 2023
At Eating Better, we are reflecting on what food justice looks like to us. We are starting to critically examine the role we play in transformation towards sustainable, healthy, just food systems.
Checking out on-farm biodiversity in retailer sourcing
24 March 2023
Our recent report ‘Sourcing Better Checked Out’ found a lack of effective sourcing policies to support local biodiversity in farmed landscapes. While many retailers had topline statements of ambition, there is almost no reporting on biodiversity actions or indicators throughout their meat and dairy supply chains.
Are we being fed on a diet of greenwash?
23 March 2023
Maddy Haughton- Boakes, Campaigns Advisor at the Changing Markets Foundation introduces their new report ‘Feeding us Greenwash’, which lifts the green veil and highlights the extent of greenwashing by food companies and how consumers respond to these environmental claims.
Government Producers Food Retail Food Service
Food retailers fail to publish evidence on sustainable sourcing
7 March 2023
A new report reviews retailers’ published commitments against Eating Better’s Sourcing Better framework.
Pete Iannetta joins us to talk the role of pulses in health and sustainable food systems
24 January 2023
It’s World Pulse Day next month, which is why in the lead up to it I am supporting Eating Better’s, Anything Is 'Pulse-able’ campaign which highlights the power of pulses. It’s World Pulses Day and, “so what?” many might say. It seems that every day brings another ‘something day’, many with associated marketing and sales spin. I suspect consumers may be becoming immune and fatigued by these special ‘days’, and I can empathise strongly with that stance. All that said, please believe me when I say, World Pulses Day is different. The first indicator of this should be when you ask yourself, and you should: who established World Pulses Day, and why?
How one social enterprise is supporting their community's approach to healthy eating
23 January 2023
Bread n Butter is a Barnet-based social enterprise that teaches the basic life skills of cooking and sustainable, healthy, independent living. We spoke to them about how the cost of living crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic have changed their approach to working in their community and the positive impact that healthy eating can have.
Anything is Pulse-able, even for babies and young children
14 January 2023
Eating Better alliance member First Steps Nutrition Trust shows how pulses are great first foods for infants from 6 months.
Anything is Pulse-able
12 January 2023
New campaign from Eating Better aims to show how eating pulses can save you money and improve your health
What do health professionals know about sustainable diets?
5 January 2023
Eating Better partnered with the Faculty of Public Health and the UK Health Alliance for Climate Change (UKHACC) to produce a new report 'Health professionals and sustainable diets: Policy and understanding'
Building a better local food economy
22 November 2022
‘Producing, Buying and Serving Better’ is the latest film by Eating Better, highlighting the exemplary work taking place in Scotland. This is an inspirational story that can help other local authorities, producers and retailers see the potential of local food systems.
Government Producers Food Retail
Recipes for Success
14 November 2022
Eating Better launches a new guide to strengthening civil society collaboration, working towards healthy and sustainable dietary change based on its 9 years experience and insights from across alliances in other European countries.
Every Mouthful Counts
13 November 2022
Eating Better alliance member Sustain publishes new report on how UK councils are tackling the climate and nature emergency through food.
Impact report 2021/22
8 November 2022
This year, we’ve made great strides to improve understanding of the food system, influence the agenda for change and grow the alliance, and to showcase positive practices and track progress towards producing and serving 'less and better' meat and dairy in line with our Better by Half roadmap.
World-class speakers for major food systems event announced
7 November 2022
Ecologist and author, Carl Safina; scholar and activist, Dr Vandana Shiva; Director at the Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London, Professor Corinna Hawkes; writer, activist and academic, Professor Raj Patel; and UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Olivier De Schutter, among top speakers announced.
Manchester is Green: The Challenge
17 October 2022
How Hubbub used football as a hook to inspire fans to eat less meat
Organic September: Producing Better
6 September 2022
In 2022, Organic September is focused on raising awareness of the incredible benefits organic farming can bring for our climate, nature and health.
Producing and Serving Better Dairy: Mossgiel farm and East Ayrshire Council
4 August 2022
“I’m truly sorry man’s dominion has broken nature’s social union.” Robert Burns, from the poem “To a Mouse” (on turning up her nest with a plough) Living and working as a farmer at Mossgiel farm in East Ayrshire in the late 1700’s, Scotland’s Bard, Robert Burns, captured in this simple line from his poem, “To a Mouse,” our connection with nature and our ability, with destructive practices, to break that union. Today Mossgiel Organic farm is a very different place, an inspiring model of better dairy production, where nature is being restored.
Producing and serving better dairy: Mossgiel and BaxterStorey
1 August 2022
Mossgiel Organic in Ayrshire is the model of better dairy production. It’s transitioned from an intensive system to one which is certified by Eating Better member, Pasture for Life and SOPA (Scottish Organic Producers Association), while working closely with another alliance member, The Soil Association. Farming in tandem with nature with fewer animals and inputs, as called for in our Better by Half roadmap, the herd of 45 Ayrshire cows are milked once a day and the calves stay with their mums, being weaned at 4 months, when they start eating grass and herbal leys. The focus is on the highest standards of animal welfare, boosting biodiversity and producing a premium product, which is in high demand.