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Manchester Friends of the Earth have an active campaign group who from time to time work on a range of issues around sustainable food including; reducing food waste, local food, ‘real food’, Fairtrade, and other aspects of low carbon food.

Food Too Good to Waste . . .

Food waste or food loss is food that is discarded or lost or uneaten. The causes of food waste or loss are numerous, and occur at the stages of production, processing, retailing and consumption.


Our Food Group is taking a break from holding meetings for a while, so in the interim please come along to Full Group meetings held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month instead.


Events are labelled using the following key: MFoE Organising MFoE Attending

Use Your Loaf

Get ready for Real Bread Week

Between 6 and 14 May 2017, bakeries and baking schools around the globe will be leading a farinaceous frenzy of fougasse formation. In French cuisine, fougasse is a type of bread typically associated with Provence but found (with variations) in … Continue reading

30th Apr 2017


Defend plans to halve Europe’s food waste

Every year in the EU we waste an estimated 88 million tonnes of food. But there’s hope – after massive pressure from people across Europe, the European Parliament voted in favour of targets to halve EU food waste from farm … Continue reading

29th Apr 2017

Eating Better for a Fair Green Healthy Future

Taking the Pulse of Hospital Food

A new survey of hospital food shows that whilst there is some fantastic work going on that should be celebrated, many hospitals are still falling short when it comes to serving food that is healthy and sustainable for patients, staff … Continue reading

6th Apr 2017


Don’t Let Brexit Mean Bad Food Britain (Sustain)

Tell your MP we don’t want Bad Food Britain now. Taking back control means that we should keep sensible standards that are already in place, and work in future to make them even better when we leave Europe.

1st Apr 2017


Sustainable diets: taking back control of an out-of-control food system

Another week, another scandalous food story.  On Monday, MPs on the Health Select Committee rapped the government on the knuckles for failing to stop supermarkets offering “deep discounts” on unhealthy food. It turns out that an astonishing 40% of the food … Continue reading

29th Mar 2017

Eating Better for a Fair Green Healthy Future

How to make an energy-saving dessert in 9 easy steps

We can’t all star in the Great British Bake Off like eco-friendly baker Ian Cummings (pictured right) – but we can all help to save energy when we cook. Ian is celebrating Earth Hour 2017 (25 March) by sharing his energy-saving favourite recipe – delicious … Continue reading

23rd Mar 2017


Princess Anne and GM crops

Responding to reported comments by Princess Anne on GM crops, Friends of the Earth’s senior food and farming campaigner, Clare Oxborrow said: “GM crops are right now exacerbating the very worst impacts of industrial farming.

22nd Mar 2017


What is Donald Trump’s policy on food and will it affect the UK?

Trump’s attitudes to food will be increasingly important for the UK as post-Brexit Britain seeks to replace European trading partners. Hormone-treated beef anyone?

22nd Feb 2017


Brexit and Donald Trump: 5 reasons UK farmers should not rush into a trade deal with the US

Donald Trump has promised the UK a trade deal to help the government make Brexit a “great success”.  This should concern environmentalists, UK farmers and the public. Even without Trump, the US is a famously aggressive trade negotiator. And it … Continue reading

9th Feb 2017


National Vegetarian Week (Vegetarian Society funding)

The Vegetarian Society is making grants of up to £2,000 for activities or events to celebrate National Vegetarian Week. The Week runs from 15-21 May this year, and activities that take place in that period or the two weeks before … Continue reading

6th Feb 2017


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