Scotland grows a lot of wheat but precious little of it is used to make bread. We rely on imports and so have little control over this staple food. It turns out that the wheat varieties in today’s bread may well have less of the vital nutrients we need for health than in the past.
When we apply a little joined-up thinking to the wheat we grow, the flour we bake with and the bread we make, we begin to see how growing better grain and baking better bread could help us to solve some of our health...
Skills Development Scotland has updated its Flexible Training Opportunities (FTOs) programme of support for the current year. If you are an employer based in Scotland and want to develop your enterprise with the help of training from Bread Matters, take a look at what support is available.
How can they help? If you have fewer than 100 employees, you may be eligible to apply for a contribution of up to 50% of the costs of a Bread Matters course for employees who are resident in Scotland. FTOs can contribute £100 - £1,000 towards one...
Changing the food system with bread and agroforestry
is the title of a new blog post from Geoff Tansey (curator of the Food Systems Academy). The blog features a tour of Macbiehill Agroforestry where Andrew Whitley describes a small research project with big implications – rebuilding nutritional quality and local sovereignty in the Scottish bread supply.
It was filmed on a rare sunny day in August – an ideal time for a little walk in the Scottish Borders.
Andrew Whitley’s keynote speech to the Real Bread Uprising
School of African & Oriental Studies, London, 12th September 2015
‘Real Bread is on the rise but what does the future hold?’
What a pleasure it is to be here among this wonderful collection of bread heads for our first major gathering since Oxford six years ago. We really mustn’t leave it that long again.
What’s in our bread? The Real Bread Campaign's definition of proper bread is flour, water, a little salt and some yeast or natural leavening (sourdough). But, as I revealed in Bread Matters, almost all British bread also contains an array of synthetic additives and (mostly undeclared or unspecified) enzyme ‘processing aids’. The part this cocktail of adulterants plays in upsetting the nation’s stomachs is as alarming as it is under-researched.