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KIT

FOOD

NEWS

SUMMER FOOD

NEWS SPECIAL

There's a lot of food news out there that's not really related

to diabetes, but it's interesting anyway, so here's a little

overview of the good, the weird and the wonderful stuff that's

happening in the food arena globally, locally, in supermarkets

and in the High Street. Some is about products, some about

awards, other bits about communities and new ideas.

W

ith so many

farmers being

forced out

of business,

something needs

to change and it is up to shoppers to

vote with their wallets and buy local.

Shoppers are being urged to 'make one

change' to the way they shop for food.

In a bid to end supermarket domination,

Anthony Davison, a Cambridgeshire

farmer and founder of local food and

drink website www.bigbarn.co.uk says

buying local could help preserve the UK

food industry and ensure the survival of

rural communities. He says, "We're not

asking people to make big changes,

things as simple as signing up to a local

milk delivery or veg box, shopping at the

butchers, bakers or grocers, discovering

a local producer or growing your own

could make a big difference."

Make One Change launched in 2015

and made strong inroads into getting

more people to think about the way they

shop for food. This year the campaign

has focused on 'keeping it in the

community', with shoppers encouraged

to look within their area to help their own

rural economy. As part of the campaign,

Davison has launched a pilot Community

Food Scheme in his villages of Alconbury

and Alconbury West. Joining together

with allotment owners, local schools

and the village shop, he is encouraging

the villagers to become 'self-sufficient'

and use as much as their home-grown

veggies as possible to reduce food miles

and bring new wealth to the area.

Davidson (#make1change) says, "If

we don't support our rural businesses:

dairies, farmers and small producers, then

they will cease to exist. Something needs

to change and campaigns like Make One

Change are just one way to encourage

people to take a long hard look at the

way they shop for food and make some

changes."

Mine's a pint!

Meanwhile, The chef patron of The Lord

Clyde in Kerridge, Macclesfield has

launched a new project to swap veggies

for pints. The Cheshire gastro pub has

started its own vegetable and herb garden

but is several months away from its first

crop, so owner and chef patron Ernst van

Zyl is hoping local allotment owners and

gardeners will share their surplus in the

meantime. For every half pound of fruit,

vegetables or herbs gifted to The Lord

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