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Creating a sustainable food chain in Greater Manchester - from the ground up!

In 2011, Manchester Veg People set out to start a food revolution; a multi-stakeholder co-operative of local organic growers and buyers. Here, Deborah Linton explores how developers intend to take it to the next level in a slow to grow market.

Farmstart photo courtesy of The Kindling Trust

The future of farming?

Manchester’s first business incubator farm is growing but it is a long way from where it needs to be. Deborah Linton interviews The Kindling Trust's Chris Walsh to find out more.

Corin Bell

Corin Bell and The Real Junk Food Project Manchester

Rebecca Lupton speaks to Corin Bell of The Real Junk Food Project in Manchester about the bigger ‘food waste’ picture: how food waste occurs, the consequences of wasting food and how we can change our habits.

'Food for Thought'

‘Food for Thought’: international multi-stakeholder workshop brings food waste experts to Manchester

The University of Manchester’s Sustainable Consumption Institute brought leading social scientists together with policymakers, representatives of the third sector and UK supermarkets to share state of the art thinking about food waste.

Platform Live audience

Platform Live: Food, Cities and Urban Behaviour

Platform's first live event featured inspiring talks and discussion from speakers from the city, academia and all over the world as they exlored the challenge and opportunity of sustainability.

'Bread in the Kitchen' by Flickr user mystuart

Having enough good food for the Manchester Region

Mark Stein on Steady State Manchester’s workshop examining who to influence and what needs to be done to deliver good food and a sustainable future for Greater Manchester.

CityCo- St John's Gardens Orchard

The roots of the growing movement

The Alternative? Catherine Barlow and Beth Perry explore the ‘roots’ of the growing movement for urban orchard projects

Mic image by Flickr user Mika Hiltunen under a Creative Commons licence

Platform Live: Food, Cities and Human Behaviour

On October 16, 2014, there will be a half day of inspiring talks and discussion from speakers from the city, academia and all over the world exploring the challenge and opportunity of sustainability.

Harvesting time at Orchard 49

Fruitful work at Orchard 49 for Apple Day

Situated in Old Trafford, Orchard 49 is a community space that grows a variety of fruit. Clare Wiley pays a visit as it gears up for Apple Day on 4 October.

Festival Square in Manchester, by Monika Lukasik

Sustainable spotlight on Manchester International Festival

The Alternative? Beth Perry profiles the environmental sustainability activities of Manchester International Festival within the emerging cultural ecology of the city.

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