"Whether it’s welfare standards, environmental impact or the emerging threat to human health, we’ve got to change our insatiable greed for this meat" - George Monbiot. This is a really really interesting and informative article. Read it if you do or don't eat chicken, it's educational. Don't stop eating chicken if you don't want to (I won't be), spend the same amount of pounds - just eat less and buy better quality. Lecture over.
It is estimated that there will be 76,000 tonnes of strawberries grown in the UK this year, that's A LOT. This article tells the story behind the growth, how the humongous polytunnels are playing host to these sweet fruits, and how you can now buy British strawberries in December. Seems a bit wrong to me, but hey ho.
What is this gleaning? Farmers often have surplus produce for various reasons, maybe because supermarkets reduce or cancel their order or don't like the size or shape of the fruit and veg. This is where the Gleaning Network comes in; a group of volunteers head to the farm and rescue a load of fruit and veg that would otherwise have ended up in the bin or back in the soil. The Gleaners then distribute this stock to food charities who distribute it to those who need a hand. There are several hubs all over the country, details on how to sign up are in the link.
French politicians have just voted in a law that bans supermarkets (of a certain size) from dumping their edible food waste, instead they will have to give it to charities or let it be used as animal feed. If they don't comply with these measures, the supermarkets will face fines and possible prison sentences. See the final link below to support the UK getting on board with this brilliant plan. Next stop: get smaller food shops, cafes and restaurants to join in.