Climate change

Come the agricultural revolution, whose side will you be on?

By Louisa Dodd, Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Restaurant Association “We need a pretty spectacular agricultural revolution” prescribed Iain Holhurst, organic vegetable farmer forerunner at the closing of the 2023 Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) last week.  I attended the ORFC in the hope of hearing practical ways to bring about that revolution, in which farmers …

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Beans mean anything is pulseable

By Charlotte Jones, Communications Manager at Eating Better Rarely have the twin pressures of the environment and the bottom line been drawn into such sharp focus at the same time. Menu makeovers both in and out of home offer a solution to both the cost of living and climate crises. And pulses can be at …

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Time to rethink how you order your drinks

By Laurence Hamdan, SRA Sustainability Consultant The environmental impact of wine is huge. From the land use and CO2 released during fermentation to the transportation and storage, there is a cost. And on such a vast scale – approx. 7.3 million hectares globally (OIC, 2020) – the impact adds up. Wine has been around for …

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Give your team freedom to make things Peachy

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association In March, we had the pleasure of judging the sustainability category at the Publican Awards. On the shortlist, Revolution Bar Group and the Peach Pub Company. To be fair, the latter were very worthy winners. Perhaps it was a slight case of sustainability envy that drove Revolution to purchase …

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COP27: food finally takes centre stage at climate conference

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association Next week sees the start of COP27, and while it might only seem like yesterday since anyone with an interest in climate change gathered in Glasgow, yes, the Conference of the Parties moves on to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. And, after another U-turn, this includes the new UK Prime Minister.  …

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It’s time to meat in the middle

By Laurence Hamdan, Sustainability Consultant, Sustainable Restaurant Association There is a cloud above us called meat, and that cloud has a bounty on its head. If you follow the data, animal-sourced foods account for 66% of our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and at the same time eat up 78% of global farming land. The need …

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Energy Bill Relief Scheme: How will it affect hospitality?

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association Large or small, hospitality businesses of all sizes have been seriously rattled by the soaring energy price rises of recent months and the threat of more to come. The prediction this week from Fuller’s that it’s total annual bill for gas and electricity would leap from £8m to £18m …

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How circularity can shape the future of ‘disposables’

By Safia Qureshi, Founder & CEO CLUBZERØ Single-use packaging is a global waste crisis and existing solutions do not provide a convenient option or simply do not work for in-store, takeaway and delivery across food and beverage. Current ‘sustainable alternatives’ including BYO (Bring Your Own) have low uptake of approximately 2% due to the inconvenience …

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New national leaders. A blow to planet’s prospects?

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association Such has been the magnitude and speed of change amongst the rulers of our nation this last week or so, it’s been hard to keep track with what’s been going on behind the scenes. How has the death of the Queen, the accession of King Charles III and the …

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How hospitality can reduce the impacts of seafood consumption

By Hayley Swanlund, Seafood Sustainability Officer, WWF-UK and Clarus Chu, Senior Policy Advisor (Production), WWF-UK The UK was once a net exporter of seafood, voyaging across oceans to catch our favourite fish such as cod. However, over the past few decades the UK has increasingly relied on seafood from overseas, becoming a net importer in …

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