Weekly News Digest 156

Our top stories of 2016

This year we held some exciting events, from San Francisco to London, and shared our thoughts on the issues facing food and farming. These are our top articles published this year and we are very grateful to all our contributors and to all who have supported us throughout 2016. A very happy New Year from everyone here at the Sustainable Food Trust!

Friday 30th December

A tale of two chickens 

Created with the Lexicon of Food and debuting at our San Francisco conference on The True Cost of American Food, this short film illustrates how we are paying a high price for food in hidden ways and why we need true cost accounting 
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Fresh ideas on food access

These schemes in the US are making it easier for low-income communities to buy from farmers' markets, giving farmers a boost too. In this time of uncertainty for many in the US, let's make sure schemes like these continue to be supported 
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There is no single diet solution for sustainability

With rising concern about the impact of diet on environment and health, there has been a move away from animal-derived foods. But here Peter Mundy explains that grazing livestock play a key role in feeding the world sustainably
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The true cost of American food

In April we held a major three day conference in San Francisco to discuss the hidden costs of the US food system and explore ways to bring about change. Watch films of the plenary and breakout sessions featuring a range of fantastic speakers
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Eating well on nearly nothing

If you had less than $4 per day to spend on food, what would you eat? Anna Rohleder interviews Leanne Brown, author of Good and Cheap, about how she challenges every assumption one might have about eating on a budget
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The truth behind waste in supermarket supply chains

Food waste has been a big issue in 2016 and Stop the Rot, a campaign launched by the community interest organisation This is Rubbish, shone a light on the food that's wasted before it even gets to the shopping basket
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Has 'organic' been stripped of its meaning?

Organic doesn't always mean sustainable, and complex organic regulation can sometimes 'lock out' small producers. This alternative certification scheme aims to put sustainability and small-scale producers back at the fore of organic production
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Food as medicine: Diet, myths and microbes

Earlier this year, the College of Medicine hosted Food: The Forgotten Medicine, a conference exploring the important link between diet and health. In his fascinating talk, Professor Tim Spector explains the importance of microbe diversity in the gut
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Out to pasture: A better way to produce milk

Many dairy farmers have continued to struggle with low prices in 2016, but we visited Batch End Farm in Somerset where farmer Mat Boley is proving that low-input, pasture-fed dairy systems can be successful and sustainable
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Debating the role of livestock with Joel Salatin

In November we held an event featuring Joel Salatin, renowned farmer and owner of Polyface Farm in Virginia, USA, to explore how livestock could hold the key to a healthy planet and population. Watch our film of the talks and discussion
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