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Author: Anthonia James

Leveraging public procurement to localise the food system

April 6, 2022

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By Dr Ulrike Ehgartner, Research Associate Every year, the UK spends 2.4 billion pounds on public food procurement, which equates to 5.5% of total food sales. Public food procurement refers to the foods bought by the government with the use of public funds. It provides the meals served at public institutions such as schools, hospitals, […]

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FixOurFood Urban Farm in York – a case study

March 1, 2022

The team running GrowItYork, our urban farm set in a container, are featured in a case study which has been shared by our collaborators LettUsGrow. Prof Katherine Denby set up the farm in 2021 and is leading the initiative that is growing and providing food at the heart of the community. You can read more […]

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Keeping soil alive with regenerative agriculture

January 11, 2022

By Professor Steve Banwart, Professor Pippa Chapman, Dr Gesa Reiss, Professor Lisa Collins. Global Food and Environment Institute, University of Leeds. Increasing the amount of organic matter to support microbial activity in each kilogram of soil, especially in degraded soils, is just the first step in regenerative agriculture. Fresh plant litter is colonised by soil […]

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FixOurFood Director meets HRH Princess Anne

November 30, 2021

On the 23rd November, Prof Bob Doherty was a keynote speaker at the British Nutrition Foundation annual day entitled ‘Healthier People on a Healthier Planet – the perfect outcome for a transformed food system’. Bob presented the achievements and aspirations of FixOurFood and was one of 6 speakers at the event alongside Prof Guy Poppy, […]

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Leaders for Change in the driving seat

November 24, 2021

By Maddie Sinclair, Research Assistant, Sustainable and health food for children After a few months of waiting due to Covid, we were delighted to finally welcome our Leaders for Change to Spark: York for a day of activities about food and climate change, and to empower them as agents of change within their schools and […]

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Stewarding change in food systems in a time of the great transformation

November 10, 2021

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By Prof Ioan Fazey, Lead for Transformation and 3 Horizons As the world has watched COP26 with bated breath, wondering whether genuine and meaningful progress will have been made, it is helpful to remind ourselves that we are already in a major global period of change where transformations in our economy, food systems and ways […]

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Shining a light on the food system through storytelling

November 4, 2021

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In October 2021, Global Food Security held their ‘Speak Up for Food Security’ Research Storytelling competition online. The competition aimed to equip early career researchers (ECRs) with the knowledge and skills to inform climate action in the food system, as well as to inspire action. The competition was also timely ahead of the UK hosting […]

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Evaluation of the Holiday Activities and Food programme

October 21, 2021

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The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is a government funded initiative which provides all eligible children across the top-tier authorities in England free, healthy meals, as well as a vast range of exciting and enriching activities. It is well recognised that school holidays can add extra pressure to families who are already struggling to […]

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