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  • We call for land strategy and new planning rules to guard food security, CPRE (Jul 20, 2022) — There’s been a hundred-fold increase in our best farmland lost to development in little more than a decade, new CPRE research has found. And 60% of our finest agricultural land is at risk of flooding. As a result, we’re telling government we need a land strategy and new planning rules to safeguard our food security
  • Rooting for farmers, Wicked Leeks (Jul 04, 2022) — Former barrister and author Sarah Langford tells Nina Pullman why she wrote the defence case for farming and why the regenerative movement offers an escape from exploitive agribusiness.
  • How filling the UK’s unused land with fruit and veg could help make us and our environment healthier - and help fight inequality, The Conversation (May 17, 2022)
  • In a hardscrabble Liverpool location, a community "pantry" (not a food bank) feeds both bodies and souls, The Daily Alternative (May 11, 2022)
  • There are solutions to the food crisis. But ploughing up Britain isn’t one of them. George Monbiot, theguardian.com (Mar 16, 2022)
  • New grants to help communities tackle food and climate change, sustainweb.org (Feb 28, 2022) — Grants of up to £5,000 are open to any local food partnership, local authority or community group in the UK.
  • How community ownership can secure the UK’s food security through buying family farms, Stir to Action (Feb 03, 2022) — How a national crisis of family-owned farms presents an opportunity for a new generation of community owners
  • A startling UK map showing how much we use land for animal agriculture - and how much solar is crowded out, The Alternative UK (Jan 24, 2022)
  • Protein from gorse bushes could feed millions of people, says expert, The Guardian (Jan 10, 2022)
Building on our food security - 2022 report
Authors: CPRE The countryside charity, Jul 20, 2022

2021[edit | edit source]

The Landworkers’ Alliance responds to the National Food Strategy and calls for more support for local food systems and producers, Aug 24 [1]

Community food systems should be part of the new normal – here’s why, New Economics Foundation, Apr 26 [2] ...Hackney

‘System in crisis’ as ministers fail to fight food waste and poverty, Apr 14 [3] Food Abundance and Equality Declaration with signatories, Apr 2021, thisisrubbish.org.uk

2020[edit | edit source]

Environment to benefit from ‘biggest farming shake-up in 50 years’, Nov 30 [4] ...Rural sustainability UK

How coronavirus has led to a UK boom in community food growing. [5] Aug 24

Britain beyond lockdown: can we make more space for nature? [6] Jun 30 ...Rural sustainability UK

More than five million people living in households with children under 18 have experienced food insecurity after just a month of lockdown, May 4 [7]

Urban land could grow fruit and veg for 15 percent of the population. [8] Mar 17 ...Sheffield

A successful food-coop in Kentish Town points to considerable prospects for an updated, kindly anarchism, Jan 5 [9]

2018[edit | edit source]

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Stream Farm – A New Model for New Entrants. [10] Dec 21 ...Somerset

Community potlucks: Shared meals help build deep ties among residents in Totnes. [11] Dec 5

Future proofing with kindness. [12] Oct 9

Ecological Land Cooperative purchases site in South Somerset to create new small farms. [13] The Ecological Land Cooperative works to create affordable ecological smallholdings for new entrants to farming – those who would ordinarily be unable to afford a house in the countryside yet who wish to earn a living through farming. Oct

The healthiest menu for poor people? An extra helping from government, Jack Monroe, Sep 6 [14]

Meet London’s first 50 Urban Food Heroes using food for good, Mar 19 [15]

UK farmers to be given first ever targets on soil health, Mar 13 [16]

The true cost of food: what should we do about it? Feb 19 [17]

2017[edit | edit source]

Community Fridge secures funding to roll out project across UK, Dec 7 [18]

Waltham Forest: Carrots and communism: the allotments plotting a food revolution, Aug 17 [19]

Today sees the launch of A People’s Food Policy, Jun 26

A People’s Food Policy[edit | edit source]

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A comprehensive proposal for a more just and sustainable food system in England [20]

A ground-breaking manifesto outlining a people’s vision of food and farming in England that is supported by over 80 food and farming organizations. The report draws on 18 months of extensive, nation-wide consultations with grassroots organizations, NGOs, trade unions, community projects, small businesses and individuals. It has resulted in a set of policy proposals and a vision for change that is rooted in the lived experiences and needs of people most affected by the failures in the current food system.

A People’s Food Policy is an extensive report, extending to 100 pages across 9 thematic chapters covering governance, food production, health, land, labour, environment, knowledge and skills, trade and finance - each with an in depth analysis and policy proposals for transforming the food system in England. June, 2017

Urban Agriculture in Little Sheffield, Mar 22 [21]

Wales news: Fishguard’s Transition Cafe wins award! Mar 6 [22]

Britain’s new wave of militant grocers, Sarah Butler, Feb 26 [23]

FoodCycle Prevents Food Waste and Builds Community, One Meal at a Time, Feb 8 [24]

2016[edit | edit source]

Yorkshire and the Humber: Soil and soul: ‘Leeds is the perfect combination of rural and urban’, Oct 28 [25]

Going beyond the food banks, Jul 22 [26]

Feeding body and soul - an exploration of Britain's new age landworkers, May 12 [27]

2015[edit | edit source]

3 Incredible Ways to Get Your Community Growing Food, October 19 [28]

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Rural sustainability UK: From fringe to fork – food and the Green Belt, Sep 29 [29]

The Most Sustainable Bread in the World, September 21 [30]

Sole Share, a community supported fishery, August 20 [31]

How Your Neighbourhood Can Have Its Own Community Allotment, August 14 [32]

Britain’s ‘Best Food Initiative’ goes to…, May 1 [33]

Reaping the rewards of community growing, April 15 [34]

Community Shop profiled on Radio 4 Food Programme, January 14 [35]

2014[edit | edit source]

Food for all, not for profit: the quest for food sovereignty, Fanny Malinen, September [36]

A new way to buy local produce? Food Assembly is coming to Britain, July 10 [37]

How to invent a local food culture, June 26 [38]

Getting Dirty With The Neighbours – The Benefits Of Community Gardening, June 26 [39]

Transition Towns and Beyond: The Ecological Land Co-operative, By Shaun Chamberlin, May [40]

2013[edit | edit source]

First social supermarket opens selling ‘surplus’ food - but only to local people receiving welfare support, December 9 [41]

2012[edit | edit source]

15 tips to create consumer confidence in food retail and farmers markets, April 24 [42]

Blogs[edit | edit source]

"Awesome Allotment Blogs" [43]

See also[edit | edit source]

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Authors Phil Green
Published 2019
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