Environmentally Positive Farming

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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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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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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Where the fork can almost reach the farm

Pensons at The Netherwood Estate From the moment the foundations were laid for the major renovation project to transform derelict farm buildings into the vision of Pensons restaurant, sustainability was at the core of our plans and helped inform the myriad of decisions that had to be made.   We launched at the end of January 2019 and were thrilled and honoured to be awarded a Michelin-Star just 8 months after we opened our doors, acknowledging that we are …

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WEBINAR – Circular Restaurants

Summary by Tom Tanner, SRA Host Natalia Agathou, LWARB Guests: Andrew Stephen, CEO, CRA Arthur Potts Dawson, Chefs Manifesto and Omved Gardens Chef Grace Regan, Founder, SpiceBox LWARB’s Advance London Team and the SRA partnered on creating Circular Restaurants: Food that doesn’t cost the earth – a guide to help food businesses, and restaurants in …

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Red Tractor enhances chicken welfare

By Jim Moseley, CEO, Red Tractor The pandemic has brought food supply into sharp focus – perhaps more so than any other time since World War 2. It has changed the way consumers are buying food, with floods of consumers going direct to farm gates and smaller outlets to avoid the crowds, find a scarce …

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Have your say in the National Food Strategy

AUTHOR: HENRY DIMBLEBY No part of our global economy matters more than food. It is vital for life and for pleasure. It shapes our sense of family, community and nation: cooking and eating together – at home and in restaurants – is perhaps the defining communal act. It involves and impacts all of us. The …

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