Fruit and veg farmers facing migrant labour shortages – BBC News

June 23, 2017

… warns that soft fruit prices could rise by up to 50% if the UK relied solely on imports. “It is inconceivable that people who voted to leave the European Union wanted to destroy an iconic and incredibly competitive British horticulture industry,” said Laurence Olins, chairman of British Summer Fruits. “Failure to secure the future of soft fruit production in the UK will have a negative impact on the economy, family budgets, the nation’s health, UK food security and the …


Is it safe to live on a former landfill site? – BBC News

June 20, 2017

… control the waters and gases out of it. I was brought up around here so I care what we do.” The Department of Environment, food and Rural Affairs used to offer grants to local authorities to clean up contaminated land, via the Contaminated Land Capital Projects (CLCP) programme. This funding stream came to an end in March this year. Image caption Kellie Judson is leading the campaign against 200 new homes near a hazardous landfill site The development has twice been turned down by …


Scottish food watchdog wants ‘revolution’ on food sales – BBC News

June 16, 2017

FSS senior dietary adviser Dr Gillian Purdon said: “The report supports food Standards Scotland views and recommendations for the need to extend sugar tax beyond soft drinks, to reformulate products to reduce sugar fat and salt, to resize portions, address less healthy food promotion and to provide clearer consumer information on products in both the retail and out of home sectors. “This report will help us to develop new approaches to improve the balance of food offered and …


The top 5 most over-the-top employee benefits from tech companies

June 9, 2017

… benefits Weve heard of companies paying for their gym membership. Weve seen Instagrams of a friends team working at a food bank for an annualvolunteering day. But having a $100 Wellness Credit to spend on whicheverself-care tacticfeels most personally effective? Now thats interesting. SalesforceIQ knows that people have different ways of relaxing, whether its a round of golf, a Zumba class at the gym, or hiking in the National Parks.SalesforceIQtakes a similar approach to their volunteering …


Latimer Grange home ‘humiliated’ blind-deaf dementia patient – BBC News

June 9, 2017

… explain how it happened. “The weight was falling off my dad. At one point he was covered in flea bites. They had to have the place fumigated,” she said. “They couldn’t be bothered feeding him. He couldn’t see the food put in front of him and doesn’t have the mental capacity to eat properly himself. “It was terrible.” ‘Bad place’ The carer said if there was a shortage of meals on a specific day food “would not [be given] to …


Second Lady Pence Pushes Bee Conservation, An Effort One Critic Labels ‘Hypocritical’

June 8, 2017

… release, Pence highlighted the importance of pollinators not only bees, but butterflies, birds and bats to Americas food supply. Bees aloneadd at least $15 billionin economic value to the countrys agricultural industry. The number of managed honey bee colonies in the U.S., meanwhile, has plummeted from about 6 million in the 1940s to about 2.5 million today, according to the Agriculture Department. The decline has been attributed to several factors, including habitat loss, disease, the …


DIY meal delivery service Blue Apron is going public

June 2, 2017

Meal delivery service and podcast advertising staple Blue Apron filed to go public on Thursday, marking the start of its journey to become a publicly traded company. In doing so, the company officially revealed its finances for the first time. The subscription service pulled in nearly $800 million last year but lost around $55 million overall. SEE ALSO: It is really hard to be a farm-to-doorstep table food startup Despite the lack of profit, the company has been growing at a rapid clip …


Election blind dates: Georgia Toffolo and Jack Monroe – BBC News

May 31, 2017

Jack Monroe Describe yourself: I’m Jack Monroe, aged 29, and I’m a food writer and political commentator. Background: I used to be a 999 call-handler. I got pregnant with my son, and when I went back to work I couldn’t work the shift patterns any more. I ended up in a shoddy personal situation – I didn’t eat for three days in a row to feed my child. I started to write about being a single mum on the dole and it seemed to strike a chord with people. Then I got …


How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

… 400 of the largest aid organizations in the worldfrom the Red Cross to Save the Children to Doctors of the Worldall use it. In many cases, they even rely on it. Through a simple, easy-to-use interface, the free mobile app uses geolocation to show migrants, refugees, and aid workers a map of the closest services for food, shelter, health care, legal help, and more. Aid organizations can communicate with each otherand touch base with the refugees they’ve helpedthrough a web-based content …


Senate introduces first bill to provide insurance for gig workers

May 26, 2017

Uber drivers are getting some attention from the Senate.Image: Eric Risberg/AP/REX/Shutterstock We know about the problems with the gig economy: workers who drive for Uber, deliver food for Postmates, and run errands on TaskRabbit don’t have health insurance or any other guarantees or benefits from their employers and their ranks are only growing. While the growth of gig jobs has gotten lots of attention from major companies, research firms, and startups, national legislators …