A great resource from Edinburgh Local Food Network detailing community gardening and food projects in Edinburgh

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FOOD PROJECTS and COMMUNITY GARDENS

Originally posted here.

Growing news from North Edinburgh

It’s all growing in North Edinburgh – the following two stories are about two food-related projects happening just around the corner from each other in Muirhouse. You can find more action from North Edinburgh in project focus.

North Edinburgh Grows

Growing food in North Edinburgh will be given an extra boost by The North Edinburgh Arts Centre who are re-developing the garden behind the Centre in Muirhouse into an attractive multi-functional space, with substantial funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The funding includes a part time artist in residence post which has been taken up by artist and grower Natalie Taylor, who is helping to shape the garden and involve the community in its creation and use.  The garden will include four plots which existing groups in the community, including the West Pilton Gardeners and the Drylaw Community Project, will use for growing food. The arts centre’s own café will have four small beds to grow food for their own use. NEA see the garden as part of a long-term project to create greater about food and food systems in North Edinburgh.  If you live in North Edinburgh and would like to get involved, they would like to hear from you. The garden should be ready for use by April 2014.

E: northedinburghgrows@gmail.com

T: 0131 315 2151

Web – http://northedinburghgrows.wordpress.com/

Fidra Kitchen

In response to the poverty, lack of food, lack of fuel and social isolation that she observed around her in North Edinburgh, one woman has taken her own initiative to do something that makes a difference. Jan Moore, a resident of Fidra Court in the Pennywell area of Muirhouse, has opened the Fidra Kitchen – a community café for the residents of Fidra Court. The Kitchen is in a room originally designed as a pram store on the ground floor of the block, but unused for six years. With the help of friends the space has been made clean and friendly and bright, and basic cooking equipment has been donated to enable Jan and her volunteers to offer tea and coffee, toasties and lunch. The menu is changed on a weekly basis, with the varied choice hopefully allowing those who can’t/won’t cook to enjoy a filling meal and possibly encourage people to cook from scratch easily on a low budget. Food is offered free to residents, although donations are welcomed. Jan would like to establish contact with local suppliers so that her food can be sourced as locally as possible and sees lots of possibilities in working with some of the other food groups in North Edinburgh (see the projects on our JOIN IN page), and in developing a garden at Fidra Court.  Jan would welcome donations of food any suitable equipment etc. or funds to help the Fidra Kitchen get established. Contact Jan on happy.j@hotmail.com.

Pilton Community Gardeners

Community growing group in North Edinburgh, began creating a community garden on a neglected bit of council land in 2012. Small orchard, soft fruits, veggies, herbs and flowers to share. They have also taken on a new community plot at North Edinburgh Grows, and support their neighbours growing in Granton and Drylaw in any way possible.

Regular gardening drop-ins on a Friday morning 10-12 at West Pilton Brae. Just come along or call first on 07778732171,

Email piltoncommunitygardeners@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/PiltonCommunityGardeners

Contact – Kirsty Sutherland

Grove Community Garden

The Grove Community Garden has transformed an unused development site on Fountainbridge (owned by Grosvenor) into a garden that is thriving to become a community hub. The aim is to grow an active community as well as growing food. It has been established by the community for the community.  Originally based on the idea of mobile plots (which could move as the development moved), the garden has evolved into unique standard pallet bed units, which can be moved by forklift. One part of the garden is dedicated to pallet bed units giving local people the chance to growing their own veggies, fruit and herbs in an inclusive and supportive surrounding. The rest of the garden is a shared communal space. The garden relies completely on the Gardeners and Friends of the Garden for its upkeep and maintenance.  If you want to become part of the garden go along to one of their communal gardening sessions.

Where – Go to the iQ Student Accommodation building at 114 Fountainbridge. Once there follow the little road downhill along the blue fence. The garden is behind the blue fence on the right hand side.

E: grovefcg@gmail.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheGroveFountainbridge/?notif_t=group_r2j

Web – http://grovecommunitygarden.wordpress.com/

Leith Community Crops and Pots

Begun as a small scale initiative in Leith schools, Leith Community Crops and Pots have developed into a Leith-wide gardening and food-growing development project. Their aims are ‘a happy, healthy, leafy Leith’ in the belief that growing food benefits your pocket, your health, your mood and the environment, and is particularly good for children.

The organisation’s purpose is to encourage and support the people and organisations of Leith to grow food vegetables, and flowers for bees, in urban spaces, in order to improve health and well-being, community cohesion and the environment. In addition to their own practical projects, their web site has lots of advice on growing, and they like to share their experiences and opinions and thoughts on policy.

Web – http://www.leithcommunitycropsinpots.com/

Gorgie City Farm

Gorgie City Farm is a free-entry community owned initiative that aims to educate inner city children and adults about farming and food production. They also aim to promote social inclusion by providing volunteering opportunities for all. Tucked in between a busy railway line and one of Edinburgh’s main arterial roads they have been open for over 30 years. They have a wide range of animals including sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, pony and jersey cow and the farm is run as a working farm, with the animals bred and raised for food production. The Farm Café is open 7 days a week, 9.30 am to 4 pm. See the ELFN project focus on Gorgie (and their sausages) here.

Open 7 days per week, 9.30am to 4.30pm summer, 9.30 am to 4.00pm winter. Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Where – 51 Gorgie Rd, Edinburgh, EH11 2LA

Email – info@gorgiecityfarm.org.uk

Phone – 0131 337 4202

Web – www.gorgiecityfarm.org.uk/

The Edible Gardening Project

If you are interested in learning how to grow your own food, the Edible Gardening Project may be just what you need. Based at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh the project offers weekly drop-in sessions for seasonal growing advice, and maintains demonstration vegetable and fruit growing areas to learn from at the Botanics. The project is funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery and run jointly with the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society.

For details about the drop-in sessions go to www.rbge.org.uk/ediblegardening

Contact person – Jenny Foulkes

Email – Jfoulkes@rbge.org.uk

Phone – 0131 248 2983

The Food For Thought Forum

The Food for Thought Forum exists to bring together community food and growing initiatives, organisations, projects and individuals within the area of Greater Pilton, Edinburgh; and to support, promote, link and increase local community food activity. They believe everyone in North Edinburgh should have access to a tasty, enjoyable, nutritious diet.  They want food to be a central part of their thriving community, bringing people together to grow, bake, cook and eat. They have developed a ‘Food Map‘ of North Edinburgh showing the location of community cafes, cooking groups and where to find affordable food.

Email – via contact form on website

Phone – 0131 551 1671

Web – www.pchp.org.uk/community-food-forum/

Bridgend Growing Communities

Bridgend Growing Communities is an organic community garden and allotment project that aims to give participants a sense of personal effectiveness and well being.  They promote the close connections between food, physical activity, the natural environment and working outdoors in their gardens based on the Old Dalkeith Road at Craigmillar. They engage in a number of ways, from open access volunteer sessions to specific programs of work to develop life and employablity skills for people referred from partner organisations such as Access To Industry, Health In Mind, StreetWork, SEHLI and the Gowrie Care Trust. They organise public events every year such as their famous Potato Day where gardeners can buy their seed potatoes for the coming year.

Bridgend are in the process of renovating their Farmhouse and have a drop-in event every Sunday from 11am – 3 pm – come and see what is happening and learn new skills that you can apply to the project. For more information see our News page or go here.

Contact person – Karen Carrick

Email – Bridgendgrowingcommunities@gmail.com

Phone – 0131 664 9559

Web – http://www.bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk/

Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens

The gardens are an NHS Lothian initiative located within the beautiful 15 acre grounds at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Morningside, and offer fantastic opportunities to grow your own food, build community, and keep active. There is also a programme of events, workshops, and courses. The gardens operate on a membership basis – for groups or individuals. Groups who are current active members of the gardens include the Shandon Local Food group, Transition Edinburgh South, Edinburgh Permaculture group, Steiner School, Bruntsfield Primary School, and Craiglockhart Primary School.

Contact person – drop-in to the gardens Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm and ask for the garden co-ordinator. To volunteer, contact Simon Duffy-recg@cyrenians.org.uk or call 0131 537 6232. For group membership contact  Hilary Vipond – HilaryVipond@cyrenians.org.uk or phone 0131 537 6232

Web – www.royaledinburghcommunitygardens.org.uk

Redbraes Community Garden, Leith

We are a voluntary community group who maintain a garden for the use of the local community. We grow ornamental plants and vegetables. Surplus veg is distributed locally. The garden is used for public events – open stage for performers, BBQ evenings,etc. The project has received funding from Comic Relief.

Contact person – Julian Siann

Email contact – juliansiann@yahoo.co.uk

Shandon Local Food Group

We are a group of Shandon residents who are interested in buying, and growing, more local, seasonal and organic food. We hold talks, food fairs and other events in the Shandon area; we run campaigns and share information with over 200 members; and we are involved with the Royal Edinburgh Community Garden which is just up the road.

Contact person – Alison Jones

Address – 28 Briarbank Terrace, Edinburgh, EH11 1SU

Phone number – 07847 504011

Email contact – alisonjonesinscotland@hotmail.com

Website – www.shandonfood.org.uk

Abundance Edinburgh

Abundance Edinburgh is a voluntary community group which collects surplus fruit and puts it to good use. We pick from private households and community gardens, abandoned orchards and forage for fruit. We donate fruit to charities and community groups and also make things with it – jam, cider, pies, chutneys… We’re always on the lookout for donated fruit, keen pickers and cookers and places to donate fruit to.

Phone number – 07594824558

Email contact – info@abundanceedinburgh.com

Website – www.abundanceedinburgh.com

Edinburgh Community Food Initiative

We tackle health inequalities in low-income communities in Edinburgh through our food and health development and promotion work including cooking courses, cookery demonstrations, nutrition workshops, health information sessions and tasting sessions.

Contact person- Karen Miller

Contact email- kmiller@edinburghcommunityfood.org.uk

Website- http://www.edinburghcommunityfood.org.uk/

Ormiston Grows

Ormiston Grows is a community-run shop and business in Ormiston, East Lothian. Our shop at 20b Main Street Ormiston sells a wide and growing range of vegetables, fruit and groceries, all local, organic or fairly traded.

OG opened a cafe in 2012 and now also have a community garden nearby.

Contact person – Allan Robertson, Shop Manager, Yvonne Dalziel, Director

Address – Ormiston Grows, 20b Main Street EH35 5HT

Phone number – 01875 898189

Email contact – yvonne.dalziel@btinternet.com

Website – www.ormistongrows.co.uk

St. Andrews and St. Georges- Wider Horizons

The Wider Horizons group on the Kirk Session exists to promote awareness of and raise funds for important issues and causes, and to highlight specific campaigns and issues of justice throughout the world.

Website- http://www.standrewsandstgeorges.org.uk/WiderHorizons.php

Craigie’s Farm Education and Environment Project

Cragie’s Farm supplies local outlets with their home-grown and home-made produce, such as soft fruit, vegetables and jams. Craigie’s Education and Environment Project works with a number of local schools and the Drylaw Neighbourhood Partnership.  The aim of the project is that West Craigie Farm should be a place where people of all ages can learn through direct involvement about food production and the environment. Craigie’s also has a 400 sq. m. farm shop and a 100 seat café.

Contact person – John Sinclair

Address – West Craigie Farm, South Queensferry, EH30 9TR

Phone number – 0131 319 1048

Email address – john@craigies.co.uk

Web address – www.craigies.co.uk

Granton Community Gardeners

Granton Community Gardeners was formed in early 2010 by a group of neighbours on Wardieburn Road who worked together to turn a neglected street corner into a community garden. Since then the group (and the gardens!) have flourished and now grow fruit and vegetables on two sites, as well as hosting community meals, and (thanks to a recent Awards for All grant) food growing workshops for members of the local community. There remains a large amount of severely underused land in Granton, and GCC have a vision to see it transformed into a more healthy and productive environment that brings people together across generational and cultural divides, and makes a significant contribution to the health, food culture, and perception of public space across North Edinburgh.

Contact person – Tom Kirby

Email address – tom_kirby@hotmail.com

More information – http://www.facebook.com/grantoncommunitygardeners

Slow Food Edinburgh

Slow Food is an international movement which addresses how our food choices affect the world we live in. By thinking globally and acting locally, Slow Food supports and celebrates good, clean and fair food all over the world. Slow Food Edinburgh is part of this movement, and seeks to encourage meaningful links between those who eat, produce, sell and cook food in our region. We aim to cultivate a sustainable Scottish food system and celebrate good Scottish food!
We run all kinds of events around the city. For more info, follow us on Twitter @slowfoodedin Facebook (SlowFoodEdinburgh)

Web: http://www.SlowFoodEdinburgh.com

Blog: SlowFoodEdinburgh.wordpress.com

Edible Estates

Edible Estates is an initiative to promote best practice in the regeneration of greenspace within social housing estates.Edible Estates is a collaborative project established by Re:Solution, an Edinburgh based urban design practice, and Wester Hailes Health Agency, to promote best practice in urban greenspace within Edinburgh’s social housing estates.  The lead project partners are described below.

If you are interested in establishing a community greenspace project in your neighbourhood please get in touch: info@edibleestates.org.uk

Web: http://www.edibleestates.co.uk/

Cyrenians Farm

We are part of Edinburgh Cyrenians, an independent charity providing innovative help to hundreds of people a year whose lives are blighted by homelessness and poverty.  Cyrenians work with all parts of the community to combat homelessness and promote social inclusion.

Cyrenians Farm is a Social Enterprise located just west of Edinburgh. As well as a working farm producing local fruit and vegetables, we are also home to a community of vulnerable young people, many with backgrounds of homelessness.  The Farm grows food and helps the Community to grow people providing a range of opportunities for individuals, including young trainees, to develop skills and confidence as a step towards a settled lifestyle.

Web – http://www.cyreniansfarm.org.uk/

Lochend Community Growing Project

Everyone is invited to come and share in this community-led project, that takes place in the restsalrig/Lochend area of Edinburgh. They hold regular garden sessions or have a look at their websites and most recent newsletter for details.

Want to get involved? The garden is organised by a steering group made up of local community members. You can get in touch with them at lochendsecretgarden@gmail.com

Web – http://lrcommunitygrowing.ning.com/

Edinburgh Garden Partners

Edinburgh Garden Partners brings together people who want to garden with people who have garden space to share.  Set up in 2011, EGP has set out an exciting strategy, recruited staff and opened an office in the centre of the city.  Some  69  volunteer gardeners are growing their own in gardens all over town, and sharing their skills and produce with 47 garden owners. EGP are also growing herbs in the garden of the former Park Keeper’s house in W. Princes Street Gardens. Next time you are in Princes St go along and have a look.

Contact – Claire Bennett (Manager)

Tel: 0131 220 5067

Email: claire@edinburghgardenpartners.org.uk

Web: www.edinburghgardenpartners.org.uk

Sowing the seeds of a new food culture

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An excellent summary of a fantastic event I also attended.

Sarah Beattie-Smith

Common Good Food“Food is inherently political – it’s the one thing that unites us all.” Those were the words of the fabulous Mags Hall, one of the founders of Common Good Food and a stalwart of the Fife Diet on Wednesday night. I chaired a discussion event that we put on in Common Weal Edinburgh North and Leith to talk about food and its connections to politics and the ideas of the Common Weal. It was a fascinating evening, with much food for thought.

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We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our lives depend on it

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Imagine a wonderful world, a planet on which there was no threat of climate breakdown, no loss of freshwater, no antibiotic resistance, no obesity crisis, no terrorism, no war. Surely, then, we would be out of major danger? Sorry. Even if everything else were miraculously fixed, we’re finished if we don’t address an issue considered so marginal and irrelevant that you can go for months without seeing it in a newspaper.

It’s literally and – it seems – metaphorically, beneath us. To judge by its absence from the media, most journalists consider it unworthy of consideration. But all human life depends on it. We knew this long ago, but somehow it has been forgotten. As a Sanskrit text written in about 1500BC noted: “Upon this handful of soil our survival depends. Husband it and it will grow our food, our fuel and our shelter and surround us with beauty. Abuse it and the soil will collapse and die, taking humanity with it.”

The issue hasn’t changed, but we have. Landowners around the world are now engaged in an orgy of soil destruction so intense that, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, the world on average has just 60 more years of growing crops. Even in Britain, which is spared the tropical downpours that so quickly strip exposed soil from the land, Farmers Weekly reports, we have “only 100 harvests left”.

To keep up with global food demand, the UN estimates, 6m hectares (14.8m acres) of new farmland will be needed every year. Instead, 12m hectares a year are lost through soil degradation. We wreck it, then move on, trashing rainforests and other precious habitats as we go. Soil is an almost magical substance, a living system that transforms the materials it encounters, making them available to plants. That handful the Vedic master showed his disciples contains more micro-organisms than all the people who have ever lived on Earth. Yet we treat it like, well, dirt.

The techniques that were supposed to feed the world threaten us with starvation.A paper just published in the journal Anthropocene analyses the undisturbed sediments in an 11th-century French lake. It reveals that the intensification of farming over the past century has increased the rate of soil erosion sixtyfold.

Another paper, by researchers in the UK, shows that soil in allotments – the small patches in towns and cities that people cultivate by hand – contains a third more organic carbon than agricultural soil and 25% more nitrogen. This is one of the reasons why allotment holders produce between four and 11 times more food per hectare than do farmers.

Whenever I mention this issue, people ask: “But surely farmers have an interest in looking after their soil?” They do, and there are many excellent cultivators who seek to keep their soil on the land. There are also some terrible farmers, often absentees, who allow contractors to rip their fields to shreds for the sake of a quick profit. Even the good ones are hampered by an economic and political system that could scarcely be better designed to frustrate them.

Few sights are as gruesome as the glee with which the NFU celebrated the death last year of the European soil framework directive, the only measure with the potential to arrest our soil-erosion crisis. The NFU, supported by successive British governments, fought for eight years to destroy it, then crowed like ashedful of cockerels when it won. Looking back on this episode, we will see it as a parable of our times.

Soon after that, the business minister, Matthew Hancock, announced that he was putting “business in charge of driving reform”: trade associations would be able “to review enforcement of regulation in their sectors.” The NFU was one the first two bodies granted this privilege. Hancock explained that this “is all part of our unambiguously pro-business agenda to increase the financial security of the British people.” But it doesn’t increase our security, financial or otherwise. It undermines it.

The government’s deregulation bill, which has now almost completed its passage through parliament, will force regulators – including those charged with protecting the fabric of the land – to “have regard to the desirability of promoting economic growth”. But short-term growth at the expense of public protection compromises long-term survival. This “unambiguously pro-business agenda” is deregulating us to death.

There’s no longer even an appetite for studying the problem. Just one university – Aberdeen – now offers a degree in soil science. All the rest have been closed down.

This is what topples civilisations. War and pestilence might kill large numbers of people, but in most cases the population recovers. But lose the soil and everything goes with it.

Now, globalisation ensures that this disaster is reproduced everywhere. In its early stages, globalisation enhances resilience: people are no longer dependent on the vagaries of local production. But as it proceeds, spreading the same destructive processes to all corners of the Earth, it undermines resilience, as it threatens to bring down systems everywhere.

Almost all other issues are superficial by comparison. What appear to be great crises are slight and evanescent when held up against the steady trickling away of our subsistence.

The avoidance of this issue is perhaps the greatest social silence of all. Our insulation from the forces of nature has encouraged a belief in the dematerialisation of our lives, as if we no longer subsist on food and water, but on bits and bytes. This is a belief that can be entertained only by people who have never experienced serious hardship, and who are therefore unaware of the contingency of existence.

It’s not as if we are short of solutions. While it now seems that ploughing of any kind is incompatible with the protection of the soil, there are plenty of means of farming without it. Independently, in several parts of the world, farmers have been experimenting with zero-tillage (also known as conservation agriculture), often with extraordinary results.

There are dozens of ways of doing it: we need never see bare soil again. But in the UK, as in most rich nations, we have scarcely begun to experiment with the technique, despite the best efforts of the magazine Practical Farm Ideas.

Even better are some of the methods that fall under the heading of permaculture– working with complex natural systems rather than seeking to simplify or replace them. Pioneers such as Sepp Holzer and Geoff Lawton have achieved remarkable yields of fruit and vegetables in places that seemed unfarmable: 1,100m above sea level in the Austrian alps, for example, or in the salt-shrivelled Jordanian desert.

But, though every year our government spends £450m on agricultural research and development – much of it on techniques that wreck our soils – there is no mention of permaculture either on the websites of the two main funding bodies (NERC and BBSRC) or in any other department.

The macho commitment to destructive short-termism appears to resist all evidence and all logic. Never mind life on Earth; we’ll plough on regardless.

A fully referenced version of this article can be found at Monbiot.com

The diet dilemma

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Balancing health and sustainability and obesity’s global toll. 

Interesting article and stats – originally posted here.

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The debate regarding the make-up of a sustainable diet is likely to rage on into 2015. A recent paper published in the journal Current Opinion in Food Science neatly describes the headaches involved in aligning health and environmental agendas.

“Healthy eating recommendations call for increased consumption of fruit and vegetables. However, fruit and vegetables are crops with a high ratio of losses in production and retailing, and the category is also causing an especially large share of household food waste,” writes Jessica Aschemann-Witzel from the University of Aarhus, in Denmark.

 She has a point. But this doesn’t mean that health and sustainability are mutually exclusive. Instead, Aschemann-Witzel, an associate professor in the university’s centre for research on customer relations in the food sector, argues for “understanding and acknowledging the trade-offs that consumers might encounter or perceive as important in order to avoid that policies pursuing one goal are negatively impacting the other, and instead ensure they are mutually supportive”. An ability to combine health and environmental attributes, for example through meta-labels (see page 23 Feb Footprint), could help kill two birds with one stone. As would eating “just the right amount” of food.

Weight of the World

Not everyone is eating just the right amount, currently at least. Researchersv at the McKinsey Global Institute have calculated that more than 2.1 billion people are overweight or obese (that’s almost one  in three people). Obesity is also responsible for 5% of all deaths worldwide. And it’s quite a strain on the public purse too: the global economic impact is $2 trillion, more than alcoholism ($1.4 trillion) and only a shade less than smoking and armed violence, war and terrorism (both $2.1 trillion). McKinsey focused on the UK in its detailed report, showing that deploying 44 interventions – 95% of which are “low-cost, high impact” – could return 20% of overweight Brits to normal weight. Some of the most effective tactics include portion control and the reformulation of products.

Irrefutable evidence benefits cuts linked to foodbanks

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Article from Third Force News – here.

Scotland’s only Tory MP has been left smarting after being sent evidence of the link between welfare reforms and the increase of foodbank use – after denying they were related.

Evidence proving the link has been sent to Scotland Office minister David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale, by the Scottish Parliament’s welfare reform committee.

This follows a call from Mundell to show him evidence of the impact of these policies after he expressed doubt that an increase in foodbank use was as a direct result of welfare reform.

Much of this evidence has now been forwarded to UK ministers and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), however many benefit claimants declined to send in their cases for fear that they might be subject to unfair treatment and reprisals from the DWP if their identity is revealed.

Committee convener Michael McMahon MSP said: “The welfare reform committee has amassed a growing volume of evidence documenting the impact of welfare reform on Scotland’s communities. We have now sent a further batch of evidence to Mr Mundell and the DWP.

“However, what we discovered during the course of our enquiries has surprised and saddened us. It is a sad state of affairs when vulnerable people are frightened to engage with the very system that is supposed to offer them support and care.”

In February Mundell, Scotland’s only Conservative MP, dismissed evidence from MSPs, academics, charities and religious organisations of a link between welfare reform and the use of foodbanks at a meeting of the welfare reform committee.

Evidence submitted to the committee included benefits recipients who have been sanctioned and individuals whose benefits payments has been subject to delay, all of which has led to an increased demand on foodbank services.

Clare Adamson MSP, deputy convener, said: “UK government ministers continue to turn a blind eye to the appalling impact that their welfare policies are having on some of the most vulnerable members of society.

“We have now provided Mr Mundell and the DWP with irrefutable evidence that benefits cuts and sanctions are driving people in ever greater numbers to seek the assistance of food banks and other charities.”

TFN has requested a response from Mr Mundell.

Sustainable Food Cities: Cardiff hailed for radical change in fish policies

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Cardiff, Brighton and Hove, Plymouth and the London borough of Lambeth are the first cities to be recognised as leaders of the UK’s Sustainable Food Cities network – with Cardiff having been acclaimed for signing a sustainable fish cities pledge that impacts on the whole of Wales.

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/mar/16/cardiff-worlds-first-sustainable-fish-city