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Sustainable Food Cities
Newsletter - February 2017

Helping urban areas to take a holistic approach to food. www.sustainablefoodcities.org
Welcome to the Sustainable Food Cities newsletter. We are passionate about towns and cities taking a joined up approach to food and want to help public agencies, NGOs, businesses and communities to work together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live. If you have news, events or questions for discussion for the newsletter get in touch.
One week left to apply for Sustainable Food Cities Grants
REMINDER: Applications close on Monday 20th February 5pm for the first round of SFC Coordinator grant and SFC Campaigns grant.

The Coordinator Grant (£10,000) aims to support the employment of a Sustainable Food Cities Coordinator, adding capacity for local food partnerships to undertake additional strands of work.

The Campaigns Grant (£5,000) aims to support local food partnerships to take part in our Sugar Smart campaign. It’s open to all network cities including those already running Sugar Smart campaigns, those interested in starting a new campaign or those looking for extra support for their sugar reduction campaigns and to join Sugar Smart.

The grants are open to UK local food partnerships member of the Sustainable Food Cities Network.

Further detail is available on the SFC website where the full application form can be downloaded

Register for London or Oldham Network support workshops
Through participation in these workshops, Network members are able to reflect on and review the support they received during Phase 1 and use this experience to help shape the scope and delivery mechanisms for Phase 2 Network Support.

A first workshop has already been held in Bristol, the second will take place in London on the 22nd February 2017 and the third in Oldham on the 1st of March 2017.

'Food and Fun' officially rolled out across Wales

The inaugural School Holiday Enrichment Programme Wales Event on 8th of February, launched Food and Fun's national roll out. Initially piloted by Food Cardiff, new evaluation by Cardiff University found that 67% of children reported consuming more fruit and vegetables on the day of the club than at home and participated in more exercise or physical activity than they would have at home. More info

Half the hospitals are ‘failing to meet hospital food standards’

A Department of Health review has found that half the hospitals in England are failing to meet the mandatory standards for patient food that were introduced in April 2015. Only 52% of hospitals are meeting the mandatory Government Buying Standards for food, and only 55% of hospitals have fully complied with the British Dietetic Association’s nutrition and hydration digest to ensure patients receive nutritious meals that meet their dietary requirements. More info

100 food procurement bodies discuss health & sustainability

West of England Food Procurement Group, coordinated by Bath and North East Somerset Local Food Partnership and Bristol City Council, gathered 100 procurement representatives from schools, hospitals, leisure centres, visitor attractions, workplaces and universities. Each delegate made a pledge to drive interventions for health and sustainability in their organisation. More info

Supermarkets to rearrange aisles to encourage healthier diets

Oxford academics are collaborating with Sainsbury’s in an effort to encourage consumers to buy more vegetables and less meat. The project is being funded as part of a £5m Wellcome Trust programme, Our Planet, our Health. The project will see supermarkets take a range of measures including placing vegetarian alternatives on the same shelves as meat products; giving vouchers and loyalty points to shoppers who choose vegetarian products. More info

Poverty in the UK jeopardising children’s health

Landmark report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health raises alarm at poor state of children's health in the UK. Main findings include: UK has fifth highest mortality rate for babies under the age of one year, low breastfeeding rates, 40% of children were overweight or obese in most deprived areas compared to 27% in more affluent areas. More info

DoH launches new website on its Childhood Obesity Plan

The Department of Health lays out its priorities, progress to date and case studies of success in tackling Childhood Obesity in various settings. The three local authorities so far showcased are members of the Sustainable Food Cities Network. The plan published in August last year was very much criticised for its lack of ambition in reducing childhood obesity. More info

Call for papers: 8th AESOP "Sustainable food planning"

The 8th annual conference of the AESOP sustainable food planning group is looking for contributions that valorise the multiplicity of innovative policies and practices in sustainable food planning. Planning for sustainable food production and food provision is more than ever urging us to look for more effective, equitable and just approaches that radically change not only the way we grow food, but the very core of our living space. More info

Become an URBACT Good Practice City

European cities are called to share the solutions and processes they have successfully put in place to respond to current economic, health, social and environmental urban challenges at a time of increasing scarcity of resources. Be part of the pioneering group of URBACT Good Practices to be widely promoted at EU and international level. More info

Time to include food in your Local Plan review

Local Plan reviews are starting up all over the country and this is the time to highlight what your sustainable food city should look like. Our Planning Food Cities project can help you if it all seems impenetrable. Recent successes are policies being added into draft plans in Hull and Sutton. Sign up to our newsletter for top tips and food growing planning news by emailing sfc-foodandplanning-subscribe@lists.riseup.net This year we expect consultations from Belfast, Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove, Bristol & Lancaster. If you need any moral support or practical help contact Gillian@sustainweb.org

Help put GMOs in the food provenance context

Beyond GM is inviting you to take part in their short survey on customers views on GMOs in the restaurant food chain. They will be taking the results to a special roundtable on food provenance hosted by chef Cyrus Todiwala and Hospitality and Catering News in April. It’s a rare opportunity to put GMOs in the food provenance context so they are seeking strong consumer response to the survey. More info

Building sustainable online food distribution systems

Tuesday 21st Feb, 2-3.30pm
Our upcoming webinar, organised in partnership with the Open Food Network (OFN), will hear from project leads in Plymouth, Oxford and Preston who are using OFN to strengthen existing local food projects and build new ones including food hubs, farmers markets, independent/community shops, food co-ops and food banks. Find out more and register

Planning food cities webinar

We are co-organising a webinar with Sustain to look at our efforts in planning food cities. Are there any key issues you would like us to cover? What do you think is worth sharing to encourage other food cities to engage in the planning system? Contact gillian@sustainweb.org

Apply for grant-paid place at Eden Project's Community Camp

Applications are open for the Eden Project's 3-day Community Camp offering a mixture of practical activities, workshop sessions and networking opportunities for volunteers and community activists interested in connecting people in their communities through groups, activities and projects. More info

B&H shares experience in measuring household food insecurity

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership shares with the Sustainable Food Cities Network how they have started to build a robust picture of household food insecurity in the city. They share useful insights into their inclusion of food insecurity related questions in local surveys. More info

Is it appropriate to use surplus food to feed people in hunger?

Martin Caraher (City University of London) and Sinéad Furey (Ulster University) engage an important reflexion on the redistribution of surplus food to emergency food aid charities as a solution to food insecurity. More info

Local food partnerships central to a Common Food Policy in EU

Recent article signed by Olivier De Schutter and Carlo Petrini makes the case for a Common Food Policy to bring solutions to the current health crisis, rising unemployement rates and environmental catastrophe the current agricultural model is encouraging. As part of this, 'food policy councils' or food partnerships are leading the way. More info

The role of the private sector in city region food systems

How can the private sector help shape more sustainable city region food systems? What business and policy environment is needed to better engage the private sector? These two fundamental questions are addressed in this new report from RUAF Foundation. It includes policy recommendations and strategies for driving engagement. More info

The Cost of Disconnected Communities

New research by the Eden Project and the Centre for Economics & Business Research looks into the cost of disconnected communities to the UK economy, and to various public services. It finds that it could be costing £32 billion to the UK economy every year. More info

Participation and community revitalisation

In a recent article, George Monbiot makes the case for the local initiatives proliferating around the world as a solution to the crises we face. Inspired by a study commissioned by the London Borough of Lambeth, he argues that these community dynamics build up to 'thick networks' of social revival and catalyse a deeper involvement, generating community businesses and co-operatives which start employing people and generating income. A tipping point is reached when between 10% and 15% of local residents are engaging regularly. More info

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Soil Association
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