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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.
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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.
Eating Better: Embedding sustainable food education in the curriculum
6 July 2022
The spotlight is on school food this week, as the annual LACA show and forum takes place in Birmingham. The theme of this year’s event by catering leaders across the school sector, or “The School Food People” as LACA likes to be known as, is “Get back on track” with keynote speakers and panel discussions on how to make school food healthier and more sustainable, at a time when budgets are being squeezed and public sector caterers are facing further challenges from rising food costs, supply chain issues and staff shortages.
“Sandwiches Unwrapped” Survey and public poll 2022
22 June 2022
Food service and food retail greatly influence how we shop and what we eat and holding them to account is key to shifting the dial to get us all eating better. Using the sandwich sector as a proxy, Eating Better tracked and benchmarked retailer commitment to sustainable eating by examining changes in their sandwich offer. Our new report “Sandwiches Unwrapped 2022” looks at changes in vegetarian and plant-based sandwich ranges against meat-based ones.
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Eating Better Sandwich Survey 2022
22 June 2022
Food service and food retail greatly influence how we shop and what we eat and holding them to account is key to shifting the dial to get us all eating better. Eating Better’s new report “Sandwiches Unwrapped 2022” looks at changes in vegetarian and plant-based sandwich ranges against meat-based ones, using the sandwich sector as a proxy to track and benchmark retailer commitment to sustainable eating. The analysis shows the sandwich aisle is still too meaty and plant-based too pricey.
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The Food Strategy: falling short on action
21 June 2022
Ensuring everyone has access to a healthy diet that doesn’t cost the earth is a critical priority. The Food Strategy falls desperately short on effective, evidence-based measures to achieve this.
Cost and choice are key to sustainable eating finds 2022 public poll from Eating Better
17 June 2022
Eating Better regularly conducts public attitude surveys to take the temperature of where people are on the journey to shifting to sustainable diets with less meat and dairy and more plant-based foods. We examine what the trends are and what the barriers are to change. This year’s analysis also took a deep dive into food-to-go to find out what’s happening in that sector and if sandwiches, a British staple, are still popular.
New study: EU can cut its methane emissions by over a third with measures in agriculture
16 June 2022
As the UK’s civil society was coming to terms with the lack of ambition of its government’s National Food Strategy, which according to the Committee for Climate Change “will do precious little to tackle emissions from agriculture which is now one of the most serious contributors to climate change”, alliance member Changing Markets launched a new study looking at how much different measures can contribute to methane reductions in agriculture. The study confirms that policies promoting healthier diets could lead to the biggest methane cuts in the EU. Blog for Eating Better by Nusa Urbancic, Campaigns Director at the Changing Markets Foundation
Comments from across the Eating Better alliance in response to the government’s Food Strategy for England.
14 June 2022
The government has published its first food strategy in 75 years, in response to the independent review by its lead food adviser, Henry Dimbleby. Although the government has accepted some of the review’s recommendations, there is still a lot missing from the document, in particular the lack of acknowledgement on the need to reduce meat production and consumption to tackle the climate, nature and health crises.
Nature Friendly Farming Week: celebrating nature-friendly farming across the UK
26 May 2022
The Nature Friendly Farming Network’s (NFFN) first annual Nature Friendly Farming Week (16-20 May) celebrated nature-friendly farming for five full days, where nature-friendly farmers took part in daily themes to share their experiences online using the daily hashtags.
PSC Plant Based week panel discussion - a summary
26 May 2022
At the start of the panel discussion on plant-based catering in the public sector, a poll of the 150+ attendees found that 69% think there is still a need to broaden the understanding amongst caterers as to the health and wider benefits of plant-based eating
Kids Kitchen joins Eating Better
26 May 2022
Eating Better’s newest member is Kids Kitchen, a social enterprise building health and community from running scratch cooking sessions, to help families with under 5s explore and enjoy sustainable eating.