In this post I provide an elaboration of the Food Ladders framework. This elaboration provides greater detail in terms of how to identify activity and where it sits on the the ladders. There are three ladders in the Food Ladders approach: 1. Food access and nutritional value, 2. Social, and 3. Economic.
Link to Fresh Street website: Http://FreshStreet.uk
We are testing a new scheme which offers every household weekly vouchers for fresh fruit and vegetables (value £5) plus vegetable based recipes and nutritional information. All households are eligible regardless of size, type or income. Vouchers are redeemable with local independent suppliers of fresh fruit and vegetables (not supermarkets) and vouchers can be shared with others.
Our study will test the impact of this scheme (Fresh Street) on the quality of people’s diets and their health. We will also study the impact of this scheme on local economies, the environment, and local food systems.
PDF of the slides. Please feel free to share widely. We are interested particularly in finding partners. The grant funding this project pays for the research, but not the voucher delivery or the cost of the vouchers. If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact Clare Relton (email@example.com) or Megan Blake (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I have been doing some case study work to see how surplus food is being used by community organisations. One of these is Rhubarb farm. Let me introduce you to them. Continue reading
In 2014, just a few months after I returned to the U.K. from Hong Kong I wrote the following:
I recently wrote a piece for an online journal called Impakter making the argument that we need to do more than just admonish people to change their diets and that for those in low-income communities this change can be particularly difficult. This is the text, which initially appeared on Impakter… Continue reading
Since 2018 I have been working with colleagues at the University of Sheffield on a research project, Fresh Street, that offers £5 weekly vouchers to families that they can use to buy fruits and vegetables from small local shops or via a veg bag delivery scheme. I talked about this work recently in an article in The Mint Magazine. They have made the article publically available. This is what they have to say about the project. Continue reading