Environment


A couple of years ago, I undertook a research project for Footprint Media Group which aimed to work out why chefs didn’t have much nutritional knowledge. The reason was fairly simple: It’s not taught. So this became the title of my report: It’s not taught: why chefs don’t consider nutrition, and how to get nutritional education onto the syllabus and into the kitchen.

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The report, which was sponsored by Nestle Professional, aimed to identify how to improve nutritional education in catering colleges and industry to improve public health and meet customer demand for healthier options.

With the continued support of Nestle Professional, I’m thrilled to announce that Footprint are now able to continue the project and to start putting the report’s recommendations into action. A vital step when 63% of the UK adult population is overweight or obese, and we eat 1 in 6 meals out of home. Watch out for updates on http://www.footprint.digital later this Spring.

 

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And something to do:

  • Sign the NSPCC’s #FlawedLaw petition. It should always be illegal for an adult to send a sexual message to a child http://bit.ly/1pDoeKX
Some fun stories to provide inspiration:
  • Tackling food waste through social enterprise: Rubies in the Rubble turns food that would be chucked into chutneys, and is proof you can run a company with a business head and a charitable heart http://gu.com/p/39qne/tw 
  • 5 perennial veggies to plant once and enjoy forever http://huff.to/Q4AGQX 
  • How do you save a child’s life? A step by step video of how Save the Children does it in West Africa. http://bit.ly/QzGlF3 
  • Interesting article on how Pret fuels passion and positivity in its employees: http://bit.ly/MTqjSV 
  • Empty, run-down homes in Bristol to be renovated by unemployed & ex-offenders creating 200 jobs & 40 new homes – result! http://bit.ly/OEstaq 
  • Still loving Futerra’s The Greenwash Guide http://bit.ly/LQVmPx  – def worth a read if you haven’t seen it before, or a re-read if you have!
  • Don’t work more than 40 hours a week – interesting (though anecdotal) article on the benefits of working less: http://bit.ly/IVtVAg 
  • Are straw bales the building material of the future? Mark Briggs reports http://bit.ly/JcsCyj  
Some more news titbits…
  • Great quote on the business benefits of being socially responsible: ‘Organisations with social purpose written into their business models already exist and their leaders are acting and adapting fast. Among other things their businesses remain relevant, competitive, engaged with their communities, and open to new markets and consumer bases.’ Silvia Giovannoni @ Guardian: http://bit.ly/zohThG
  • Sobering article on the scale and health implications of the air pollution in China: http://bit.ly/FPKtae
  • Good Jonathon Porrit article on harnessing the power of brands to change & normalise sustainable behaviours: http://bit.ly/z9uK8J
  • Gutted that plans to ban fishing discards are under threat – fingers crossed for Monday… http://bit.ly/y0yGmI

Some interesting news stories that caught my eye recently… Enjoy!

  • Don’t sling it – refurb it. Discarded household products such as vacuum cleaners get a new lease of life w/ Electrofarm http://bit.ly/yRjNZM
  • Win:Win – paper shows its poss to simultaneously mitigate near-Term climate change & improve health & food security: http://bit.ly/yywvGg
  • Ducking good idea: Ducks replace paddy-field pesticides: They feed on insects & weeds, not rice & poo is fab fertiliser: http://bit.ly/xiPphN
  • Study finds organic farming in India provide 30% more jobs than non-organic farming & can increase income by about 250% http://bit.ly/AlzptH
  • Go Croydon NHS! Croydon Health Services pays £24k to get Burger King out of hospital: http://bit.ly/zJNzyS
  • Scientists link mass death of British bees to farm pesticides: http://bit.ly/yPfOYG
  • India to open up its retail sector to foreign brands after all: http://on.ft.com/FOUKUs
  • McDonald’s to give away books with UK Happy Meals making them briefly the nations biggest book retailer: http://tgr.ph/x4CxTT
  • Hospital Patients fed on £2.57 a day – shocking when nutrition is so vital when unwell: http://tgr.ph/zrgEFX
  • A chilling article by George Monbiot on some undemocratic goings on in British government: http://bit.ly/Adv7Uu
  • An interesting way to make use of old aircraft – turn them into hotel rooms! http://bit.ly/xIqaU6
  • M&S gives strawberries longer life with new packaging innovation http://bit.ly/x9f3hg

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