Meat Reduction

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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Outgoing award-winning pub owner reveals secrets of 78% margins and success

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association Almost exactly three years on from lifting the coveted Sustainable Business of the Year Award at the 2019 Food Made Good Awards, Ollie and Lauren Hunter are leaving The Wheatsheaf Chilton Foliat as a thriving village pub – transformed from when they took it on in 2015. Ollie took …

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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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Foodservice’s sandwiches a cut above retail when it comes to plant-based

By Simon Billing, Executive Director Eating Better Sandwiches are a British lunch-time staple, with approximately 3.8bn sandwiches eaten in the UK each year. Sandwiches can be both a healthy and sustainable food-to-go option, but it is up to food businesses to ensure they’re offering a balanced range of low meat and plant-based options. Sandwiches Unwrapped …

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National Food Strategy: the giant omelette that breaks no eggs

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association After what seemed like an age, the government finally published its National Food Strategy for England. Publication has been greeted with the full range of food metaphors – none of them flattering: flat as a pancake or thin gruel. Take your pick.  The strategy followed the two reports published by …

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How do Brighton chefs cook for the climate?

By Abi Englefield, One Planet Plate Campaign Manager Brighton is well known as a city which is sustainable and environmentally focused. As part of our One Planet Plate campaign, we sat down with the chefs from Lucky Beach and Purezza, two restaurants in the city that champion sustainability and talked to them about their One …

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How canteens captivated customers to cut carbon and eat more healthily

By Emily Shankar, Project Manager, Sustainable Restaurant Association Sustainable Diets There is a general rule of thumb that foods that are good for our health and wellbeing are the same foods that are good for the planet. Lower impact foods are also the foods that are recommended to make up the bulk of our diets …

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Mix up your meat-free menus to cash in on flexitarian behaviour change

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association Eating less meat is now a behaviour, not a trend. That’s the firm view of Phil Thornborrow, Foodservice Director at Quorn. And it’s hard to argue with Paul, when you review the findings of a recent survey conducted on Quorn’s behalf to dig deeper into the attitudes of self-confessed …

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