Plenty of food for thought at Food and the Big Society, the Soil Association’s annual two-day conference, held in Manchester earlier this year.

The stupendous town hall had, just a day or two earlier, been the backdrop to the announcement of some shocking cutbacks in Manchester’s public services. Some delegates at the conference were reluctant to even use the phrase ‘Big Society’ at all – nobody seemed too clear about what it meant, but everybody was predicting cuts in the funding available to projects like the Food for Life Partnership, a highly respected charitable endeavour that sets out to ...


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