Climate change

Assessing farms’ sustainability just got a whole lot easier

By Louisa Dodd, SRA Project Manager As HRH The Prince of Wales noted in his opening speech for the Global Farm Metric launch on Thursday April 29th, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure”. The farming system is under increasing pressure to measure its sustainability as we know much of our global environmental footprint, including …

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Better Hospitality Conference: the best bits

The recent Better Hospitality Conference curated by supplier member Tried & Supplied brought together some of the most engaging, experienced and inspiring minds of the industry. Two packed days of webinars, workshops and panel sessions offered a ton of opportunities to harvest ideas and wisdom from the best in the business. Our team listened in …

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Be Positive and sign the Food & Drinks manifesto

By Niels de Fraguier, CEO Positive The whole Food & Drinks (F&D) and Hospitality sectors have the potential to spearhead our transition to a Regenerative economy. To undo decades of destructive agriculture, exploitative supply chains, and harmful packaging which weighs down on the system and Mother Earth. For this reason, in 2021 we are committing …

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Taking the purpose pulse

Restore our Earth. That’s the strapline for today – Earth Day, the day we’ve chosen to launch The Hospitality Purpose Pulse Survey, to better understand the status of purpose in our extraordinary industry, as we all work towards a better food future. The years 2020 and 2021 will be remembered not just for the obvious …

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How to source climate and nature friendly meat

Simon Billing, Executive Director at Eating Better explains how the charity’s new sourcing guide can help. The Eating Better alliance, of which the SRA is a member, has launched a new guide to help food businesses buy better meat and dairy. “Sourcing Better” sets out a vision of farming, where food production goes hand-in-hand with …

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Four ways to Choose the World you Want this Fairtrade Fortnight

By Martha Qureishi, Partnership Officer, Fairtrade This Fairtrade Fortnight, thousands of individuals, operators and major companies across the UK will raise the voices of farmers and workers. This year we’re asking you to ‘Choose the World You Want’ and to tell others about the challenges that farmers face from climate change. We will be hosting …

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Oxford Real Farming Conference: Lessons for Foodservice

By Louisa Dodd, Project Manager, Sustainable Restaurant Association As with almost all events since March 2020, the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) saw the annual gathering of the food industry’s leading agroecological pioneers come together virtually. Understandable, but also particularly incongruous, for a group of people many of whom spend the vast majority of their …

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Hospitality central to helping UK reach Net Zero targets, says Minister

By Tom Tanner This week’s debate in Parliament about the appointment of a Minister for Hospitality should have left the industry and the millions working in it, in no doubt that there is overwhelming cross party understanding of the plight of the industry and a need to extend support until restaurants and pubs can re-open …

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A planet-friendly menu can embrace Veganuary and Regenuary

By Juliane Caillouette-Noble, Managing Director, Sustainable Restaurant Association A record half a million people have signed up to participate in Veganuary this year, further solidifying the month-long commitment to veganism as an annual staple. What started as a simple idea in 2014- building on trends like Dry-January or Movember – Veganuary has become a global …

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