The Food Briefing: July 2020

Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford brought national food issues to the fore last month, as he called upon the government to reconsider its decision to cancel free school meals. Rashford’s high-profile criticism, which shared his own childhood experiences of food insecurity, caused the government to swiftly reverse its decision. Many children go hungry in the UK, a hidden fact highlighted by this story. Read more…

Scottish farmed salmon has faced problems over disease and escaped fish, and a new report from Feedback urges us to reconsider salmon farming practices and the fish we eat. Scottish salmon farmers use 460,000 tonnes of wild fish, converted into feed, to support their farms. Promoting other oily fish and shellfish such as mussels could have a notable impact on sustainability. Read more here and attend the webinar on Thursday 16 July here.

Food waste reductions under lockdown were reported last month and reducing waste is one of the easiest ways to mitigate food’s impact on the environment. Guild member Ros Rathouse from The Cookery School at Little Portland Street shared some ways we can reduce it even further, from home composting guidance available on food waste charity WRAP’s website through to The Cookery School’s class on cooking to reduce waste. Other initiatives that Guild members can join include starting a community fridge for your neighbourhood.