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First National Food Strategy in the UK for 70 years

A full National Food Strategy was to be published Henry Dimbleby and his team in June. But Covid 19 has changed both its timing and content.

The new ‘Part One’ Food Strategy was launched on 29 July: the Lincoln Food Partnership was invited to the launch as a consultee to the report. 

The Strategy addresses two issues, the first prioritised explicitly by Covid – how to feed our most disadvantaged children well – through more free school meals, more Healthy Start vouchers and orchestrated holiday food activity. 

The second theme is about international food trade in the light of Brexit: we must strike food deals that improve food quality and the environment. Our new-found food sovereignty allows us to do this in a more controlled way than even when we were in the EU. We mustn’t squander this opportunity. 

The report is free to download and is good to absorb as it offers some compelling data on the state of the food nation and those who consume it. The executive summary and summary of recommendations are short and digestible too, if you do not have time for a fuller read. 

nationalfoodstrategy.org/partone/

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Can kids keep bees?

They’re not exactly the most usual school pet, requiring considerable knowledge and skills, some specialist equipment, not to mention the careful handling – but the learning opportunities are as bountiful and delectable as the honey! Wyberton Primary Academy near Boston shows us how it’s done, with a little help from Willoughby Road Allotment Association. The… Continue reading Can kids keep bees?

Mrs Smith: a Low Waste Inspiration

Lincolnshire resident, Mrs Smith (1892-94) can teach us a huge amount about sustainable living, local food and minimising waste.

More about Mrs Smith’s life and home, by Sally Bird, Learning and Development Officer at Mrs Smith’s Cottage.

Four things I’ve learnt – and a question

1. Getting your hands dirty is transformative
2. The good food economy is a shared endeavour
3. Intergenerational friendship matters
4. Solidarity is on the rise
A question: What would we do differently if we no longer needed foodbanks?

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