Welcome to our May newsletter: the final update from the Food Research Collaboration.
This really is the last time you’ll hear from us. Last time we thought we were producing a final newsletter, we got a three-month funding extension. During that time, we have published four reports, a blog, two newsletters, a policy brief on the Queen’s Speech, and an Open Letter to the Labour Party. So we think we are going out with a bang!
The important thing is that although our activities will cease after today, the website remains accessible – so all our publications can still be searched and downloaded in the same way as now.
A very big thank you to all of you for subscribing and reading; to our many contributors from civil society and academia; to the food hubs who have helped us in our research; to our founder and adviser Professor Tim Lang, whose final column appears in this issue; to the Centre for Food Policy for hosting us; and of course to our funders, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and our (usually invisible) grant manager, Laurence Scott.
In this month’s newsletter we bring you:
- The final report for our Sustainable Food Hubs project, looking at how the hubs can contribute to UK food system resilience
- Our two last Policy Insights – one looking at why the UK needs a National Academy for Sustainable Agriculture and the other at whether a Universal Basic Income could help alleviate poverty and support growers
- One year on from the Queen’s Speech: what is being done on food policy?
- An open letter to the Labour Party: first actions on food for an incoming government
- Tim Lang’s final Field Notes, reflecting on the FRC’s origins and achievements
- A blog on how researchers and activists can share data and evidence more effectively