Sustainable Food Cities


Was on holiday for this event but a nice round -up for me here.
Also see this link to the storify of the social media activity during the day –

Tuggy Tucks In

Seasonal produce table dressings

On Friday 6th November I was fortunate enough to be invited to Edinburgh’s sustainable food cities event which brought together policy makers, councillors, representatives from local authorities, the public, private and third sector from all over the UK, all with a vested interest in making food sustainable.

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Transforming #Food: All things considered – constraints, enablers, tensions and bold steps outlined in Food Ethics Council report


New Food Ethics Council report published – it sets out the case for progressive action from the food and farming sectors. It also highlights how governments and food businesses should be held to account by citizens at the ballot box, in restaurants and in the supermarket aisles.

Geoff Tansey blog


A new report by the Food Ethics Council – Food: All things considered – assesses the transformational changes needed to build fair and healthy food systems. It “provides a robust challenge to ‘business as usual’” said Justin King, former CEO of Sainsbury’s speaking about the changing face of food retail at the Council’s 50thBusiness Forum.

I’ve been a member of the Council since 2000 and we’ve been running these business forums since June 2007. I’ve chaired a few over the years, most recently the 49th on advertising.

The new report analyses the trends and tensions that have emerged over our 50 Business Forum meetings, and draws out the key levers that will drive transformational change. Liz Barling, our head of communications, summed up the three key changes as:

A radical shake up of how the market operates

Businesses in the UK and around the world…

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Back the Union of Genius #SoupStarter!


Soup, glorious soup.

Scran Salon

Soup! Soup! We’ve supported various crowdsourcing projects over the course of the last few years, from Tupiniquim to Bloombox to the Edinburgh Catering Co, but always the closest to our hearts has been the original Kickstarter run by the folks at Union of Genius.

Back in 2013, with a year of booming business behind them in Scotland’s premier soup cafe, it was time to make the move to a commercial kitchen, so that the soupy needs of the city could be more effectively met.

As owners Bruce and Elaine Mason announced at last Monday’s event at the Last Word Saloon, it’s time for another expansion, and with the lot next door to their current premises having recently become available there’s a pressing need to move quickly to secure it. Soup cafe Soup cafe

Accordingly, a new Kickstarter launched today and will run until 8 June.

Amy Brewer, regular saloneer…

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Sowing the seeds of a new food culture


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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