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StreetCube Steps Up To ‘The Social Distancing Sustainable Organic Market’ Plate

The StreetCube Great Organic Sustainable Market opens to the public on Friday, July 3rd at 10 am and is located on The Piazza, at SouthSide, Wandsworth High Street. SW18 4TQ.

StreetCube is the sustainable Street gastronomy project launched by MasterChef Raymond Blanc in SW London last year and CWT short-listed award finalists.  It is advancing its quest to help change the future of food, nutrition and community empowerment by bringing the first and the biggest outdoor organic, sustainable food market to London.

On the familiar site where the project was first launched, at The Piazza, at SouthSide, Wandsworth High Street, the Streetcube team have had support and approval by their forward-thinking landlords LandSec to invite some of the Nations most ethical farmers and organic food producers to join them.

“We want to show London that in order to preserve and sustain the health of people and planet, we must fundamentally change our food systems from a global, broken industrial one, to a more organic, more local and more seasonal food system,” explains Pascal Gerrard, Founder of Streetcube.  “Our supermarkets and City Centre eateries have been largely reliant on a chemical farming system, plastic-wrapped food and junk food chains that import unsustainable ingredients from around the globe, none of which are paying any attention to good health or to the environment.”

“It’s time for a change!” exclaims Pascal.  “We need to move to a more regenerative, nutritious, sustainable food system with chefs and farmers guiding the way to using more local, seasonal, organic produce” explains Pascal.  “Our soil is one of the most critically important elements in the overall health of us all and it is by far one of the biggest carbon sinks we have.  Whatsmore, our farmers need help and support to grow better, more nutritious food and to work with our chefs to help reduce our impact on the planet”

The StreetCube project has received much positive attention and wide acclaim since its launch a year ago, including nominations for innovation and being short-listed for the ‘Food Hero of the Year’ award from The Caroline Walker Trust.

“We continue to refer to the advocates for support and expert advice and guidance. We get a lot of fact-based science data from our world-renowned experts for climate change, sustainability and nutrition, we publish it all on our website.”

“I don’t profess to know everything there is to know about sustainability, in fact, most of us are still getting to grips with it, but given that the Covid-19 pandemic could potentially be a result of our poor hygiene standards, lack of consideration for nature, and the rising risks of zoonotic diseases, we absolutely must radically change our food systems,” suggests Pascal

“The Great Sustainable Organic Market is being billed as London’s most significant in terms of its carbon negative impact and its focus on planetary and public health and we are inviting the UK’s finest organic growers, from across the entire U.K. – farmers, producers and even local volunteers.  We want StreetCube to play a significant part in leading the way towards sustainable food – many local communities need to help drive community food growing and to form partnerships with land-owners to grow more food so that our chefs can translate the local nutrition into delicious sustainable Street Gastronomy – but our farmers and our organic growers play a very important part in the overall system. Without good, healthy soil, we just can’t nourish our children.”

“Research shows that more than 35% of all greenhouse gas emissions come from our industrial global food system, with deforestation due to beef production being the worst culprits. Transporting out of season food thousands of miles around the globe is also very heavy on CO2 and lower rates of nutrition as often food is picked before its ripe, and then it is force-ripened using chemicals and gas. The result is of much poorer quality food.”

Streetcube in Wandsworth

The new outdoor market will feature farmers bringing organic, seasonal produce grown from within 100 miles of the StreetCube installation, which do not use plastic wrapping, and which contain higher nutrients due to less storage, with no risk to ingesting the cocktail of chemicals found on most fruit and veg. “Traditionally, we produce and consume less than 2% organic food in the U.K., and studies show that most of the food we import is coated with at least a dozen different chemicals. Whilst individual chemicals like Glyphosate are banned across Europe, the U.K. still allows the use of it. Manufacturers of these insect-killing chemicals are tested individually and deemed ‘safe’ for humans, but many law-suits in the US have swayed on the sides of farmers who have contracted cancer and other related illnesses.” states Pascal.

“We also need to be very aware of the kinds of ‘deals’ our government are negotiating with US produce. The United States has much lower food standards than we do here in the U.K. we must all be very aware of what our government are trying to push through Parliament without us realising. Chlorinated chicken, hormone-injected beef, genetically modified organisms are all part of an extremely detrimental industrial food system, and we all need to be very aware of what is around the corner in terms of climate change”, warns Pascal.

‘We are over-subscribed at the Wandsworth Sustainable Organic Market, a combination of pent-up demand and people longing to have access to better quality food, but we need more organic growers from the local area to apply and join us as we will soon be opening every day” states Pascal

StreetCube is all about giving everyone access to a more sustainable source of nutritious food, that everyone can afford – whilst caring for the health of people and planet. As we say at StreetCube;

“Good Food Doesn’t Have To Cost The Earth.”

The StreetCube Great Organic Sustainable Market opens to the public on Friday, July 3rd at 10 am,

and is located on The Piazza, at SouthSide, Wandsworth High Street. SW18 4TQ

CWT announce Awards short-list

The Caroline Walker Trust (CWT) has great pleasure in announcing the shortlist for the 30th Anniversary CWT Awards to be held in London on 12 November 2019.

There were many fantastic entries this year, and our judges had their work cut out for them. We are delighted with the outcome of their recommendations following their intense scrutiny and insightful deliberations.

The CWT believes that this year’s awards showcase the passion, courage and conviction of those who work to improve the quality of our food and nation’s health, and for those who live in poverty. We were delighted to see such a range of innovative nominees, many of whom dare to challenge the status quo, each of which demonstrate their excellence by being distinctive and outstanding in their work.

Below are the entries which are now taking one step closer to gaining the title ‘Of the Year’ award.  Congratulations to everyone who entered and all those who have been short-listed.

We look forward to announcing the winners of each category in London on 12th November 2019. The CWT hope you will join us in recognising their efforts and contribution to improving the nation’s health. Please go to the event page for more information on joining us for the award evening.

Charity Food Campaigner of the Year

City Harvest
HENRY
IGD
One Feeds Two
SUSTAIN

Food Hero of the Year

The Fruit and Veg Kids
Jason O’Rourke
Nutrition Scotland
StreetCube
Lyndsey Withers

Media Food Campaigner of the Year

Sabine Goodwin
Rhiannon Lambert
Early Start Nutrition
Pixie Turner
AfN Twitter

Nutritionist of the Year

Barbara Bray
Glenys Jones
Kawther Hashem
Greg Lessons
Louis Levy

Freelance Nutritionist of the Year

Claire Baseley
Barbara Bray
Shaleen Meelu
Charlotte Stirling-Reed
Laura Wyness

Allergies and allergen management meeting

SENSE will be holding the biannual meeting in London on 4 October 2019. The topic for discussion is Allergies and Allergen Management. The meeting is for Nutritionists and Dietitians who have an interest in Allergies and Allergens.

Lineup includes;
Ms Judy Moore, RD, R.Nutr., speaking on Allergies – an overview for adult and children. Judy will discuss the main allergic responses and provide case studies.
Ms Julie Mann, Head of Food Safety at Boparan. Julie will discuss Foodservice: How to manage the complexities and communicate with consumers.
Miss Alexi Poole, Head of Operations at Spoon Guru. Alexi will discuss technological solutions: What tools are available to help consumers.
Mis Michelle Victor Partner Leigh Day Solicitors. Michelle will discuss the legal perspective and in particular Natasha’s Law.

A panel discussion will follow on what can be done collaboratively.

Click here for the full programme.
SENSE members: free
Non SENSE members: £50

Register for this meeting, please contact Chris Hawkins [email protected]

AfN CPD has been applied for.

CWT response to the Department of Health Childhood Obesity Consultation

Our Trust is very aware that childhood obesity has become one of the most serious public health issues of our time. Overweight and obese children are most likely to remain obese into adulthood and develop non-communicable diseases. (1) It has been well established that obesity is multifactorial and a result of biological, behavioural and environmental factors that are well beyond the control of a single individual.

Food advertising, television and the internet, have been identified as factors contributing to the excess consumption of energy dense and nutrient poor foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) in children. (2, 3, 4) A number of systematic reviews have found food advertising to influence children’s food preferences, purchase requests and consumption. Research suggests that children are unable to understand the persuasive intent of marketing and so remain a vulnerable group to its effects. (5)

It is clear from the evidence base that short-term exposure to food advertising increases energy consumption, specifically that of unhealthy foods and that there is a need for policymakers to address this public health issue. (6) Therefore, we welcome the Government’s consultation on further restricting advertising for products high in fat, salt and sugar. This is a positive step towards the Government’s ambition of halving childhood obesity by 2030.

As trustees of The Caroline Walker Trust, we fully support the introduction of a 9 pm watershed on HFSS adverts across all media. It reflects changing viewing habits with further Ofcom research finding children are increasingly watching videos, TV programmes and films on their own devices, often on- demand, rather than on a dedicated TV channel with parental supervision.

Television

We support Option 1: introduce a 9 pm – 5:30 am watershed on broadcast TV. Research shows that junk food advertising influences children’s food preferences (7), and how much they eat (8), with one study finding that children who can recall seeing unhealthy food and drink adverts on television daily are more than twice as likely to be obese. This leads to children pestering parents to purchase unhealthy products. (9) Restricting the advertising of products high in fat, salt and sugar during the times further when children are most likely to watch television, would help reduce their intake of products high in fat, salt and sugar (10,11,12).

Nutrient profiling has been recognised by WHO as a useful tool for a variety of applications and is considered to be a critical tool for the implementation of restrictions on the marketing of foods to children.

We support the use of the Nutrient Profile Model to identify food and drinks which should be subject to the restrictions. This is an evidence-based tool which is already used to restrict advertising.

Online

We support Option 1: introduce a 9pm-5.30 am watershed online. Evidence shows that children who used the Internet for over 3 hours per day are almost 4 times more likely to buy junk food products than children who used the Internet for little or no time. (13)  It also makes children almost 3 times more likely to pester their parents for junk food. Restricting the advertising of products high in fat, salt and sugar online would help reduce children’s intake of products high in fat, salt and sugar. (14)

We support the use of the Nutrient Profile Model to identify food and drinks which should be subject to the restrictions. This is an evidence-based tool which is already used to restrict advertising.

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1 Sahoo, K., Sahoo, B., Choudhury, A. K., Sofi, N. Y., Kumar, R., & Bhadoria, A. S. (2015). Childhood obesity: causes and consequences. Journal of family medicine and primary care, 4(2), 187–19.

2 Adams, J., Tyrrell, R., Adamson, A. J., & White, M. (2012). Effect of restrictions on television food advertising to children on exposure to advertisements for ‘less healthy’ foods: repeat cross-sectional study. PloS one, 7(2), e31578.

3 Kelly, B., Halford, J. C., Boyland, E. J., Chapman, K., Bautista-Castaño, I., Berg, C., … Summerbell, C. (2010). Television food advertising to children: a global perspective. American journal of public health, 100(9), 1730– 1736.

4 Boyland, EJ, Whalen, R. (2015). Food advertising to children and its effects on diet: review of recent prevalence and impact data. Pediatr Diabetes, 16( 5), 331‐ 337.

5 Boyland E, Nolan S, Kelly B (2016). Advertising as a cue to consume: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of acute exposure to unhealthy food and non-alcoholic beverage advertising on intake in children and adults. Am J Clin Nutr, 103 (2), 519-533.

6 Russell, S., Croker, H., & Viner, R. (2018). The effect of screen advertising on children’s dietary intake: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews, 20(4), 554-568.

7 Boyland E, Nolan S, Kelly B (2016). Advertising as a cue to consume: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of acute exposure to unhealthy food and non-alcoholic beverage advertising on intake in children and adults. Am J Clin Nutr, 103 (2), 519-533.

8 Public Health England (October 2015). Sugar Reduction: the evidence for action.

92018. Cancer Research UK. A Prime Time for Action: new evidence on the link between television and on-demand marketing and obesity.

10 http://obesityhealthalliance.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/OHA-9pm-watershed-position-Feb-2019.pdf

11 Hastings, G. (2006). The extent, nature and effects of food promotion to children: a review of the evidence. WHO 16.

12 McDermott L et al. (2006). International food advertising, pester power and its effects. International Journal of Advertising.

13https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/sites/default/files/jfm_briefing_jan_19.pdf

14https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/sites/default/files/jfm_briefing_jan_19.pdf

Bittersweet Brexit by the Food Thinkers

The Centre for Food Policy announce their first Food Thinkers of 2019 with Dr Charlie Clutterbuck, discussing Bittersweet Brexit – where are we heading with our food and farming? Chaired by Professor Tim Lang.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday 23 January at 5.30pm, here at City, University of London.

With Brexit events moving so quickly, this talk will be a moving feast. The context is that UK food and farming could change more now and more quickly than in the last 70 years. Brexit is a moment of food system restructuring.

Dr Charlie Clutterbuck’s talk will focus on the role of human labour in farm and food provision, asking: (1) Why did it barely feature in UK politics of food when it is so central to how the food system actually works? (2) What does this say about UK food policy debate? (3) Was the silence about food labour part of what delivered the 2016 Brexit referendum vote? (4) What are the food labour issues which now need to be addressed, whatever happens in Brexit politics? (5) How can we make labour more central to

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