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As the famous ancient Greek physician Hippocrates once said, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Food is clearly important for personal health and wellbeing. Food is connected with the environment, clearly showing how much we rely on nature in our lives, and food-related projects can also be a great avenue towards participation and community engagement. In this category you will find resources which are based on the many different aspects of food and growing, and how these have a direct impact on wellbeing.

You can find a review/summary of a selection of these resources in this blog post.


Let’s talk about meat: changing dietary behaviour for the 21st century

Strong evidence now exists of the need to shift diets towards reduced levels of meat-eating among high consuming countries like the UK to help address climate change, promote public health and help feed the world more fairly and humanely.
But understanding how to achieve this dietary behaviour change has not yet received the attention it deserves.
This report…

How to organise a Community Potluck

This guide describes the Community Potluck events that have been hosted by Network of Wellbeing, in Totnes (UK). The aim of this document is to offer information and inspiration to help you to run similar activity in your own community. Considering the “Five ways to Wellbeing” developed by nef (new economics foundation), this event offers an opportunity for people to…

On our plate today: healthy, sustainable food choices (LiveWell for LIFE final recommendations)

Funded by the European Commission (EC) LIFE+ programme, LiveWell for LIFE is a ground-breaking project that not only set out to show how low carbon diets can help achieve a reduction of at least 25% in greenhouse gas emissions from the EU food supply chain but also showed how these can be healthy, nutritious and affordable. The project also aimed…

Telling people what to eat.  A moral imperative or a step too far?

There is a growing realisation that ‘Western diets’ need to change. The rising problem of obesity in many parts of the world is well catalogued, with some suggesting that half the UK population will be obese by 2050 (if current trends continue). The strain will be felt not just on people’s waistlines, but also on the planet, on people working…

Square Meal: Why we need a new recipe for farming, wildlife, food and public health

This new discussion document highlights the overwhelming evidence for major changes to national food and farming policy. It’s been written by a collaboration of 10 UK organisations: the RSPB, Friends of the Earth, the National Trust, the Food Ethics Council, Sustain, the Wildlife Trusts, the Soil Association, Eating Better and Compassion in World Farming working with the Food Research Collaboration.

Well-being and the Environment. Building a resource-efficient and circular economy in Europe

Building a resource-efficient and circular economy in Europe: We are extracting and using more resources than our planet can produce in a given time. Current consumption and production levels are not sustainable and risk weakening our planet’s ability to provide for us. We need to reshape our production and consumption systems to enable us to produce the same amount of…

World Environment Day booklet 2014. 5 June

World Environment Day (WED) is the principal vehicle of the United Nations for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in more than 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing…

What is a sustainable healthy diet?

The paper begins by highlighting the rationale for focusing on the diets question, and then moves on to discuss definitions of ‘good nutrition’ on the one hand, and ‘sustainability’ on the other. The main substance of the paper concerns itself with the major food groups that constitute UK’s Eatwell plate, examining the health and sustainability issues that their consumption raises,…

Planning sustainable cities for community food growing

Planning sustainable cities for community food growing, a guide to using planning policy to meet strategic objectives through community food growing, is published today by Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming.

The guide brings together, for the first time in one place, examples of planning policies around the UK that support community food growing and…

The benefits of gardening and food growing for health and wellbeing

We can all benefit from gardening and community food-growing projects. It is widely recognised that regular contact with plants, animals and the natural environment can improve our physical health and mental wellbeing.

For the large number of people in our society – children and adults – who live with challenging physical or mental health problems, gardening and…