New issue of FFA leads on the people putting leftover crops to use

I discovered myself on an allotment this week, feeling deeply moved by the years of affection and devotion that had been poured into the neat rows of runner beans and candy pea trellises. I get an identical feeling watching the London Marathon – all these waves of sweating individuals pushing themselves to their limits. 

Concerted human effort, for a trigger past ourselves, is probably the most stunning marker of our species. And it’s what hyperlinks all of the tales on this subject of Optimistic Information.

For our cowl story concerning the gleaning teams bobbing up throughout the nation, we meet the volunteers who’re reviving this historic follow of gathering leftover crops after harvest. It’s a small act that’s addressing a few of the greatest points we face right now: the price of dwelling disaster, a damaged meals system driving local weather change, and widespread however typically hidden starvation. 

Then there’s the novel recruitment agency that’s quietly revolutionising who will get on the payroll of Britain’s most prestigious employers, by utilizing a brand new algorithm that identifies gifted individuals from deprived backgrounds. 

Or what concerning the 100ft tall ship, presently crusing the Cornish coast with an onboard therapist, chef and crew of individuals experiencing psychological well being difficulties? It’s one journey of many this yr organised by Sea Sanctuary, a charity whose founder overcame a childhood spent in a youngsters’s house to pioneer the rising area of ‘blue well being’. 

The tales on this subject present the ability of what might be achieved with the easy instruments out there to all of us

After which there are the individuals remodeling tiny uncared for patches of land throughout the UK – from a rubbish-filled alleyway to a busy roundabout – into plentiful vegetable & wildflower gardens.

They, and all of the tales on this subject, present the ability of what might be achieved with the easy instruments out there to all of us: some grit, some compassion and a imaginative and prescient to vary issues for the higher. 

There’s a lot going incorrect – the local weather emergency, the struggle in Ukraine, the price of dwelling – however the tales on the pages that observe are a reminder that we aren’t powerless within the face of them. We will all make a distinction, even when it begins with only a row of candy peas swarming with bees.

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