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Article Type: Editorial From: Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Volume 25, Issue 5
Welcome to another issue of MEQ. One of the issues which concern all of us, is food production and sound ways to grow food. Consistent with this fact, in this editorial, I would like to draw the attention of our readers to a new guidance document recently released, which for the first time, brings together in one place examples of planning policies around the UK that support community food growing.
Published by Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, the report sets the planning context in the four nations, and provides the background to community food growing. The bulk of the report is structured around the different issues that food growing helps to address, from sustainability to residential amenity via health and well-being, green infrastructure, regeneration and many other agendas.
The report makes a series of recommendations: to local planning authorities on practical ways to integrate the ideas set forth in the report into policy and practice; to national governments on ways each of the four nations can support local planning authorities; and more broadly to local groups about their potential role in community food growing.
Enjoy your reading!
1. Available at: www.sustainweb.org/publications/order/295/