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Supporting evidence-based practice and knowledge transfer for farmers

December 14, 2022

By Ruth Wade, Research Fellow, University of Leeds As part of the FixOurFood programme, the University of Leeds is researching the impact of regenerative farming systems in Yorkshire. For many farmers, the main aim of regenerative agriculture is to improve soil quality and fertility, and those who have successfully transitioned report significant changes in soil […]

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Unpacking school food supply chains in the public sector

October 13, 2022

By Rebecca Lait, University of York Utilising public procurement as a way to transform the sustainability of the food system holds great potential, especially when focussing on school meals supplied by local authority catering services. This transformative change can impact young people far into their futures, sparking their interest in this topic and teaching them […]

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Leaked Strategy vs Published Strategy: A Side by Side Analysis

June 15, 2022

By Dr Chris Yap, FixOurFood Research Fellow. City University, London. This blog was first published by the Food Research Collaboration ( FixOurFood policy researcher, Christopher Yap compared the leaked and the published versions of the Food Strategy White Paper. Here he looks at five key differences and what they tell us about policy-making. The long-awaited Government […]

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Connecting art, community, and healthy eating through HAF funding

May 25, 2022

By Greg McGee, Director of New Visuality As a recipient of Holiday and Activity Programme funding (HAF) I was delighted to be asked by the FixOurFood programme to write this blog. Our interests align given their previous evaluation and recommendations regarding the continuation of the funding and I’m happy to share my recent experience delivering […]

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Why the issue of land must be central to UK food systems transformation.

May 3, 2022

Aerial view of vast wheat fields

By Dr Christopher Yap, Research Fellow. City, University of London Issues of food and land are inseparable. And yet the relationships between land, space, planning, and food systems are too-often marginal within food systems debates. In this piece we consider the role of land in leveraging change towards fairer and more sustainable food systems and […]

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Leveraging public procurement to localise the food system

April 6, 2022

fresh plums in cardboard boxes

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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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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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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