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New life for rescued raspberries and renegade red onions

Rebecca Nicholl reports on an innovation from EMERGE and their Fareshare franchise: a range of 'Perfectly Good' preserves that cut food waste and offer a delicious addition to any table.

Think again. Re-imagining sustainable development in the North of England

The third workshop in the N8 New Thinking in the North project considers how collaborations between arts and humanities researchers and creative and community practitioners might contribute to new models for sustainable living.

Turn Up the Volume: Experiments in Local Economics

What can be done to support local economies?  Alex Wharton reports on Rethinking Prosperity - Experiments in Local Economics, a recent workshop held at the Centre for Sustainable Living.

Biospheric Foundation signage

The Alternative? The Biospheric Foundation

The Alternative? Beth Perry profiles the Biospheric Foundation, an initiative for rethinking food production and distribution in the city.

Mapping for green growth across Old Trafford

Old Trafford resident and foodie activist Debbie Ellen reports on the inspiration local residents are taking from the city of New York in their bid to 'Grow Old Trafford'.

Balloon flowers in city centre Manchester

The garden city of downtown Manchester

Simon Binns of Cityco explains the drive behind Dig the City and its ongoing success in turning the Heart of Manchester into a green oasis.

Urban garden, Biospheric Foundation, Salford

Turn Up the Volume: Food and the City

What role can urban agriculture play in the creation of sustainable cities?  Alex Wharton reports on Food and the City, one of a series of events held at the Biospheric Foundation during MIF13. 

78 steps wholefood shop. Photo by Debbie Ellen.

It’s all about food

Some of the hottest tickets during this years Manchester International Festival (MIF) have been for events and talks at The Biospheric Project, with 2,500 tickets sold out within 3 hours of being made available. The Project has transformed a 3 storey mill in Salford into a thriving urban research and community food production hub. Once the Festival ends, the work will continue under the direction of Vincent Walsh, who showed Platform’s Debbie Ellen around the building.

Perspectives essay: love food and hate waste

In this essay, Debbie Ellen and Lucy Danger focus on food to address sustainability in Greater Manchester.  In particular they illustrate the significant part played by food in the city region’s carbon footprint but the difficulty in producing a coordinated GM-level response.

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