Helmy Abouleish: SEKEM, sustainable water management in Egypt and the Economy of Love
Sustainable Food Trust
by Alice Frost
2w ago
Helmy Abouleish is the CEO of SEKEM, a sustainable development initiative that has transformed desert into vitally productive agricultural land in Egypt through biodynamic and organic agricultural principles. It is now a thriving enterprise, reflecting the incredible impact of land restoration on climate, nature and people. We invited Helmy to gives us his thoughts on climate change, water, sustainable development and the Economy of Love.   SEKEM is such an amazing project, and it has achieved so much in terms of realising meaningful sustainability in a broad-based way, but as we face a r ..read more
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Will we be able to keep GMOs and the new PBOs off our plates?
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by Alice Frost
2w ago
In 2023, the current Conservative Government passed the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Act, which created an entirely new and fictitious class of genetically modified organisms – the ‘precision bred organism’, or ‘PBO’. This sneaky, undemocratic attempt to force genetically modified organisms (GMOs) onto our plates – unlabelled – has been launched by our Government, working hand-in-hand with the biotech industry, research establishment and pro-GMO ‘think tanks’. It represents the most serious threat to non-GMO, organic and t ..read more
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Milk from the desert: How grazing camels boost environmental and human health in water-stressed regions
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by Alice Frost
2w ago
Grazing livestock are a key focus of the SFT’s work and the subject of our next report, due out later this year. In the UK, cattle and sheep dominate, with traditional regionally adapted breeds having been crucial to our health and food security for millennia. Yet, many communities in the world’s drier regions depend upon a different animal: the camel. Here, Ilse Kohler-Rollefson, scientist and author of Hoofprints on the Land, explores the vital role of camels in providing health-giving foods and explains how, just like sustainably managed sheep or cattle, they are crucial to environmental an ..read more
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Celebrating His Majesty The King’s continuation as SFT Patron
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by Victoria Halliday
1M ago
The Sustainable Food Trust is delighted to announce that King Charles III is continuing his patronage of the SFT following the Royal Household’s review of Royal patronages. The King, then HRH The Prince of Wales, was first announced as Patron of the SFT in 2019. Commenting on the latest news, Patrick Holden, SFT’s founder and CEO, said, “It would be impossible to overstate the esteem in which we hold our Royal patronage and the gratitude we feel towards His Majesty for his lifelong championship of sustainable food and farming. We are deeply honoured that he has seen to continue with his patro ..read more
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The summer, autumn, winter and now spring, of our discontent
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by Alice Frost
1M ago
Extreme weather events are putting smaller and medium scale growers under strain as they strive to meet customers’ needs at an affordable price. Here, organic grower, Alicia Miller, shares how climate change is impacting their approach at Troed y Rhiw Organics – a mixed farm and vegetable box scheme in West Wales. This year’s ‘hungry gap’ is going to be a tough one – there’s no denying it. On our farm, we’ve been bracing for the impact. This is the time of year when running a box scheme is truly no fun. Our winter crops are finished – no greens or winter salads, purple sprouting broccoli and c ..read more
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Unlocking barriers: What has the SFT achieved so far and what’s next?
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by Alice Frost
1M ago
With the publication of the Sustainable Food Trust’s next major report due this summer, CEO, Patrick Holden, reflects on seven key challenges and successes of the SFT so far, and looks ahead to the release of what will be a pivotal work on the future of sustainable food. In 2011, shortly after I left the Soil Association, a number of individuals suggested that I should capitalise on the network of influential contacts I’d accumulated and launch a new organisation. I did – and it became the Sustainable Food Trust (SFT). The idea behind the SFT was to be ‘inclusive and catalytic’. I didn’t want ..read more
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How immense is farming’s problem with plastic?
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by Alice Frost
2M ago
In this article, SFT’s Content Editor, Alicia Miller, who manages an organic farm in Wales, considers the huge challenges for all farmers when it comes to reducing their reliance on plastics, while offering some promising examples of highly effective alternatives – many of which have been in use for aeons. We now all well know how plastic is devastating our seas, but we’re only beginning to realise how damaging it is to our soils and how widely used and poorly disposed of it is in farming. In 2021, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) published a major report on plastic use in farming ..read more
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Giving food a bad wrap: Why we need to stop relying on plastic
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by Alice Frost
2M ago
After taking part in last month’s Big Plastic Count, the SFT’s Isabel Eaton felt prompted to explore our over-reliance on plastic-wrapped produce. Here, Isabel explains how this material is ending up in our seas and soils as well as our bodies, and how and where to shop for plastic-free alternatives. Our food system has a big plastic problem. The material is present from field to fork, but it’s in supermarkets where – confronted by aisle after aisle of plastic-wrapped goods – the scale of the issue becomes most visible for many of us. As a diligent recycler, a keen frequenter of zero waste sto ..read more
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Preserving the practices of traditional foods
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by Alice Frost
3M ago
Max Jones shares some of the fascinating insights from his visits to producers in the Piedmont region of Italy and other rural communities in Europe. Max considers how stifling hygiene regulations are propagating a sense of shame amongst some small-scale producers, promoting the misconception that traditionally produced foods are ‘unclean’, a narrative that risks further eroding local food cultures. The best job I ever had was working for a cheesemonger in London, in the arches beneath the railway in Bermondsey. I was lucky enough to work with some of the finest farmhouse cheeses from France a ..read more
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How our paranoia about contamination is threatening local food
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by Alice Frost
3M ago
Patrick Holden discusses how the centralisation of the food system has given rise to an atmosphere of paranoia about bacteria, which, in turn, is placing a disproportionate regulatory burden upon small producers and processors. More and more of us are now recognising that the ultra-processed products of the industrialised food system, which most of us eat to some degree, are making people sick. There is also a growing conviction that we need to respond by moving towards diets which are more locally and sustainably sourced, less processed, more nutrient-rich and with a story that is known to u ..read more
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