Ron Finley wanted to plant his own fruit and veg outside his house in L.A. so he did - in the vacant land between the road and pavement. One arrest warrant, lots of community support and an inspiring TED talk later, the city has made a new policy. This is such a simple idea but totally makes sense, how much redundant land is there in cities, especially in deprived areas, and how many people are struggling to get fresh fruit and veg in their diet? Yep.
For those stead fast meat eaters out there, this could be a great challenge - no meat for one week starting from Monday 23rd. Numerous reports are telling us that the way our meat consumption is heading is not sustainable for our environment, the animals or our bodies. Here you'll find a lot more interesting info on these ideas and brilliant veggie recipes to keep you going throughout the week. If everyone could cut the amount of meat they eat by just a bit, say 2 nights a week, then it would make a huge difference.
There's been much talk of school children's health and diet since Jamie Oliver dissed those Turkey Twizzlers back in 2005. Not quite sure why it has taken this long to formulate the School Food Plan but better late than never, eh? Educating children about healthy eating and teaching them to cook is so so important in tackling obesity as they can go home and talk to their parents about their experiences and hopefully change their way of thinking too. Start with the youngest and they will help spread the word throughout society and end this cycle of poor diets. The Food Flagship programme started on Monday in London, here's hoping everyone gets behind it as it gets rolled out across the country and is a massive success.
I think we've all been guilty of falling for the 2 for 1 offers in the supers, then chucking one when it sits idly on the shelf and the date passes. The ethics of this special offer practice aside (that's a rant for another day), research recently published has presented this fact: millions of tonnes of food are being thrown away because the best before date has passed even though the food is still perfectly edible. This article and the one above offer tips on saving our food from the rubbish bin along with an insight into tackling this problem.