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From smoked chard to candy beetroot, greens take centre stage at Glasgow’s Chef Challenge 2020

Glasgow’s best chefs went head-to-head for the third year to prepare the best dishes from locally grown vegetables under the watchful eye of head judge Gary Maclean, Masterchef the Professionals winner and Scotland’s national chef.

A milestone for School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme and British grown produce

In September, 2.3 million primary school children in England ate Norfolk grown radishes as part of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. This was the first-time radishes were included in the program.

Get more British fruit and veg in schools to support local farmers, says Sustain

Food charity Sustain is calling on government to extend the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme to all 4.7M children in state funded primary schools to increase intake of fruit and veg and embed consumption habits. In tandem, the charity is calling on Government to support British farmers and get more locally sourced fruit and veg.

Good Food Cardiff Autumn Festival tackles food insecurity and isolation

Community groups, gardens, neighbourhoods, markets and social enterprises are coming together this month to create a new covid-safe festival of food and growing. 

How Brits eating habits have changed in three decades

World Cancer Research Fund analysed Brits' spending habits over past 30 years and found that despite eating less white bread and red meat  we have have turned to pizza and ready meals which can lead to obesity and cancer.

#VegRocksRainbow challenge colours the Summer

As part of the Healthy Holidays program this Summer, Foodwise Leeds, the food partnership in Leeds, created the #VegRocksRainbow challenge to encourage families to eat the rainbow.

Eating more veg during Covid-19 and beyond

While for some people more time at home and food service closures are boosting home cooking and more localized food purchasing, many are struggling to access healthy food. Brighton and Hove Food Partnership (BHFP) stepped in to support residents accessing healthy food and fruit and veg in emergency food parcels and hot meals and through signposting and advice.

Keep calm and grow your own

With more time at home and uncertainty around food supply, more people than ever are interested in growing their own food. Brighton and Hove Food Partnership (BHFP) is encouraging residents to grow veg and is supporting community gardens and other growers to increase the amount of veg donated to community food projects.

Keep Growing project taking root in Tower Hamlets

Since lockdown, the Keep Growing initiative has supplied 700 people in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets starter packs with everything needed to start growing vegetables at home and five tonnes of soil to key points around the borough for participants to use.

Campaigners celebrate reinstatement of school fruit and veg

Public Health Minister Jo Churchill said to journalists that the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme will resume as normal in Autumn when all children return to school. While we wait for official confirmation, this is not the end of the campaign for more fruit and veg in schools. The scheme should be expanded to all children in primary school and improved to include higher standard British produce.