Fungal Foray 6 November 2010

Do you know your edible from your non-edible fungi???  If you are interested in finding out more, here is your chance.   The Forestry Commission is having a Fungal Foray on Saturday 6 November at Thetford Forest Park, at 10:30 and again at 14:00.   It is suitable for everyone over the age of 5 years.

There is a cost of ₤6 per adult and ₤4 per child.  For more information about locations and what to bring, go to their website at: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/ourwoods.nsf/LUWebDocsByKey/EnglandEastAngliaNoForestThetfordForestParkFungalForay

or, contact Jonathan Revett
Jonathan.Revett@Virgin.Net
01354 610274

See you there!

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Plum Weekend is here!

Plum weekend is 14/15 August.  Events will be held in Bluntisham, Colne and Summersham.  There are activities for young and old but you may need to book a place on some as they are very popular.  To find out more information about this or see the complete schedule, please go to:

http://www.orchardnetwork.org.uk

I went to the Blossom Walks earlier this year and found them to be fun,informative and inspiring.  What a great and tasty day out!

Food Waste

Food waste is a big problem in the affluent West.  What can be done about it?  The Love Food Hate Waste website is one place to start.   Check out http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

My number one hint is to plan for the week and make a list to take to the shops.  Things change, meals don’t always happen as we think, but it still means less waste for us.

So what are your helpful hints to prevent food waste?  We’d love to hear them.

Online Video club – May is food security month

Tim Lang’s ten ‘new fundamentals’

Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University, member of the government’s Sustainable Development Commission and president of Garden Organic, is the leading UK researcher on food security.

In the last 30-40 years there has been enormous investment in what is called efficiency. That means there is no spare.

The food system is like a fully stretched rubber band,  If it breaks, there would be a sharp rebound.  I don’t think a systemic failure is imminent but it is very vulnerable to shocks.

They could be technical shocks, ecological shocks or human disease shocks. We don’t have a sustainable UK agriculture base at the moment and we need one

In these videos Tim Lang highlights ten of his “new fundamentals”

Oil

Water

Climate change

Biodiversity

Demographics

Urbanisation

Labour

Nutrition transition

Health care costs

Battles of power

Tim Lang’s new book is “Food Policy: Integrating health, environment and society” buy it from Toppings, your local Ely book shop.

Transition Ely food group

Visit the our food group page for more information on what we can do to increase the resilience of our local food system.