An alphabetical listing of resources about local food.
Terminator technology refers to plants that have been genetically modified to render sterile seeds at harvest, in order to stop farmers from saving and exchanging seed. Terminator is a direct assault on the traditional knowledge, practices and the cultural life-ways of Indigenous peoples and rural communities across the world. Peasants, small-scale farmers, rural women, rural communities and Indigenous peoples across the world are protesting against Terminator technology.
Please join the international campaign to BAN TERMINATOR. Governments and
corporations are pushing hard to commercialise this technology. Currently
there is an international de facto moratorium on Terminator at the
United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. But the moratorium is now
Breaking the Armlock
Breaking the Armlock is an alliance of 14 farming, environmental and consumer
organisations calling for stricter controls over the major supermarkets' trading
practices, particularly to stop them passing on unreasonable costs and demands
to farmers and growers in the UK and overseas.
CAMRA: Scarborough Group
The Campaign for Real Ale actively supports the variety and distinctiveness
of traditional and regional beers and campaigns for them to be available in
local pubs.The Scarborough CAMRA group website has a Scarborough Pub
Crawl map and news about local pubs and beer festivals.
Tel: Antony Willis, 01723 862 585
Champions local distinctiveness, focusing on art and local tradition. In
1990, it initiated Apple Day (21st October), an annual celebration of apples
and orchards. It also supports the development of Community Orchards as a
way of saving vulnerable old orchards and an opportunity to plant new ones.
Tel: 01747 850 8204
The Campaign to Protect Rural England, which exists to promote the beauty,
tranquillity and diversity of rural England by encouraging the sustainable
use of land. It is running a Local Action for Local Food campaign.
Tel: 020 7981 2800
Website of the Regional Food Group for Yorkshire & the Humber, a food
and drink association for producers and processors, formed to promote the
range and quality of Yorkshire produce within the region.
Deliciously Yorkshire Breakfast
The Deliciouslyorkshire Breakfast Local Sourcing Directory is produced by
the Regional Food Group for Yorkshire & the Humber to help you find local
breakfast ingredients. It is available for free as a pdf file.
Based in the Yorkshire Dales, Feast is a food and drink network that works
with all levels of the supply chain, from farmers and growers to chefs and
retailers through to consumers, to ensure that fresh local produce is readily
available to a wide market, be that in dishes served in your local pub, café
or restaurant, from local stores or direct from the farm.
Friends of the Earth
FoE's Real Food Campaign says: "Food and farming in the UK
faces a stark choice. Do we continue to put profit first? Or adopt practices
that safeguard the future of what we eat - and those who provide it?"
Tel: 020 7490 1555
The Guardian Food Features
Part 1: The
way we eat now
In just a generation, our food has been transformed. So today who eats what, how's it made, and what's it doing to us?
Part 2: Why we eat this way
We expose the powerful global forces that now control our food and those who produce it for us.
Part 3: Your guide to the best
Meet the butchers, the bakers, the local cheese makers, the co-ops, the farmers, and many more who put the pleasure back into eating.
Garden Organic (HDRA)
Garden Organic is the new working name of the Henry Doubleday Research Association.
It is Europe's largest organic membership organisation, dedicated to researching
and promoting organic gardening, farming and food. Its Heritage Seed
Library saves hundreds of old and unusual vegetable varieties for
posterity, also distributing them to its members.
Tel: 02476 303 517
Local Works Campaign – Local Communities Sustainability Bill
Our villages, towns and cities are in danger of becoming ghost towns. Local
services, such as shops, banks, post offices and pubs are being lost at an
alarming rate. The Local Works Campaign works against this trend by supporting
a Local Communities Sustainability Bill which aims to enable local communities
to determine their own agendas for environmental, political, social and economic
Marine Conservation Society
A national charity dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its wildlife. It has published the Good Fish Guide to help us choose the most eco-friendly fish. Lists of the "top 20 species to avoid" and "25 species to eat with a clearer conscience" are available from its website. www.mcsuk.org
North Yorkshire Local Food online directory
An online directory of farmers, growers and food producers in North Yorkshire.
You can browse by food category, region or services, e.g. farm gate, local
deliveries etc. Also includes a directory of recipes, linked both to produce
in season and to producers who rear or grow the main ingredient in North Yorkshire.
National Association of Farmers' Markets
This is a non-profit making limited company to promote farmers' markets.
It assists in the formation of new ones as well as safeguarding the farmers'
Tel: 0845 45 88 420
Neighbouring local food guides
For a list of local food guides which border on the Scarborough Local Food Guide area, see the local food guide page.
The North Yorkshire Moors Association works to protect and enhance the characteristic
beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors for present and future generations.
Northern Fruit Group
A mutual support group, exchanging news, information and advice, for amateur
fruit-growers in the north of England. It holds regular meetings and workshops
and is based at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Harlow Carr, Harrogate.
Tel: Hilary Dodson 01943 464 325
Email: Simon Clark: email@example.com
Like its anagram, PLACE stands for people, landscape and cultural environment.
Based at York St John College, this organisation promotes, coordinates and
publishes research particularly concerning North Yorkshire.
Tel: 01904 716 753
Primary Care Trust
The Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Primary Care Trust (PCT) takes the lead
in the local health economy, shaping, planning and commissioning a range of
health services. The PCT's responsibilities include improving the health of
the local community and reducing health inequalities.
Tel: 01653 602 900
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)
RABI was founded in 1860 by Alderman John Joseph Mechi as a farming charity
to relieve the poverty and hardship suffered by farming families as they were
forced out of farming through misfortune, age or sickness. The website gives
information about their work, and each month features a region, a what's in
season listing and recipes.
Scarborough Against Genetic Engineering campaigns locally against the use
of genetic engineering in food and farming.
Tel: 01723 375 533 or 01723 355 061
Slow Food — North Yorkshire Convivium
Slow Food is an international not-for-profit Association. It is a network
of enthusiasts for local foods and the cultures which produce them.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
The UK's leading campaigning and certification body for organic food and
farming. Researches, develops and promotes sustainable relationships between
the soil, plants, animals and the biosphere, in order to produce healthy food
and other products whilst protecting and enhancing the environment.
Tel: 0117 929 0661
The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture
policies and practices which enhance the health and welfare of people and
animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture
and promote equity. It represents over 100 national public-interest organisations
working at international, national, regional and local levels.
Tel: 020 7837 1228
Tescopoly — every little hurts
Tesco now controls 30% of the grocery market in the UK. Growing evidence
indicates that Tesco's success is partly based on trading practices that are
having serious consequences for suppliers, farmers, overseas workers, local
shops and the environment.Tescopoly is a campaign to stop supermarkets abusing
WI Country Markets Ltd
Women's Institute Markets are a valuable outlet for local creative talent,
selling preserves, baked products, honey, dairy produce, eggs, poultry, game,
fish, fruit, vegetables, plants, craft work and clothing. All producers are
members of the local WI Market Co-operative and all produce must meet high
standards in addition to the same statutory legal requirements as other retail
Tel: 01246 261508
What’s Wrong with Supermarkets
A 40-page A5 booklet by Lucy Michaels, published by Corporate Watch, 2004.
A new orchard, growing specialist apple varieties for customers who want
to taste some of the vast range of apples which are unavailable in the supermarkets.
It is growing more than 100 different apple varieties, including local Yorkshire
and northern apple varieties. Please phone 01759 380375 before visiting.
Yorkshire Organic Centre
A directory of organic farmers and food processors in the Yorkshire and
Tel: 01756 796 222