Each week we bring you the best food news we can find…from near and far…this week food apps, seedbanks, low carbon farms and the future of food.
Food Apps last week saw the arrival of Fresh to much acclaim. Described as ‘Lovefre.sh – a location based service to connect you with great local produce and the people behind it. Discover the food around you.’
We’ll be test-driving it over the next week or so and coming back to report to you our goodly Fife Diet readers. This What’s In Season? app has been around a while longer and is better for Scotland-specific info. It’s part of the Cook Scotland site. It looks good so far.
The Importance of Community Seed Banks
A report by the Development Fund, Norway, highlights the importance of community seed banks. Community seed banks are collections of seeds that are maintained and administered by the communities themselves.
Community seed banks play a vital role in ensuring seed security and improving farmers’ access to seeds, conserving agricultural biodiversity and the associated traditional knowledge, providing options for adapting to climate change, as well as can contribute to the realization of Farmers’ Rights.
The full report, ‘Banking for the future: Savings, security and seeds’, is available here.
Soil Association launches Low Carbon Farming Project
The Soil Association has launched a new Low Carbon Farming Project to help farmers reduce carbon emissions and improve the resource efficiency of their farms.
The project will identify user-friendly carbon foot printing tools and provide a benchmarking facility along with information, advice, and detailed case studies. There will be a number of low carbon workshops and on-farm training events on offer in the coming months open to all interested farmers and growers.
In order to provide a benchmarking facility the Soil Association needs to collect carbon foot printing data from different farms and is looking for farmers to get involved.
What do the Prince of Wales, Eric Schlosser, Wendell Berry, and Vandana Shiva have in common? All attended the recent Future of Food conference in Washington. You can watch the speakers presentations on video here.
Alongside Grist’s ‘Will the Real Food Movement Please Stand Up’ these talks offer a neat insight into where – particularly in the US – these changes going. As one farmer puts it: ‘Don’t let them confuse you. Organic farming is not an industry. It is a movement.’
The author ends:
‘Can we imagine a pro-soil, pro-earthworm, pro-small farmer, anti-fiduciary-razzmatazz, pro non-capitalist-pig movement that becomes as robust in this second decade of the 21st century as the anti-war movement was in the 1960s?’