Amy Leech
Amy Leech is a researcher at Soil Association – the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. Author of a number of Soil Association reports and briefings, Amy works with the policy team.

Entries by Amy Leech

Why Restaurants Are No Place to Treat Children

(0) Comments | Posted 4 February 2015 | (13:49)

Eating out is a treat; whether once a year or week it's a pleasure to be waited on, cooked for, and get a smile (a smile!) in return for dirty dishes - unless that is you're unlucky enough to be under 12.

Back in the, let's go for a rose-tinted,...

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Why I'm Taking the 'Organic Food Doesn't Influence Cancer Risk' Headlines With a Pinch of Organic Salt

(0) Comments | Posted 28 March 2014 | (16:30)

I'm surprised to see a reputable and well-respected charity like Cancer Research UK grabbing headlines based on emerging and uncertain evidence.

The headline Cancer Research UK went for was 'organic food doesn't lower overall cancer risk', while playing down the finding that researchers found a '21% decrease in...

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Stop Eating Sugar? Even Our Hospitals Make Hansel and Gretel Feel at Home

(1) Comments | Posted 13 January 2014 | (07:44)

I've tried and failed to stop eating sugar on and off for years, so I watched news that health experts have turned their attention to reducing the amount of added-sugar we eat with interest.

The launch of the Action on Sugar campaign last week had everybody up in...

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Is It Time to Scrap the Kid's Menu?

(8) Comments | Posted 19 July 2013 | (00:00)

With 40% of parents eating out with their children at least once a fortnight - the kid's menu is no longer an occasional treat for many. In fact - I'd question whether it's a treat at all.

With the help of a team of parents Soil Association and Organix have...

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Will Our Environment Minister Vote for the Bees or the Chemical Companies?

(3) Comments | Posted 12 April 2013 | (13:24)

The sigh of relief was audible in the Saturday sunshine as they buzzed between blossom, bees returning to the hive coated - from head to toe - in yellow bounty.

Last weekend's clear skies brought brief respite from tough times. A wet sunless summer followed by a cold grey...

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It's Easier and Cheaper to Eat Badly

(4) Comments | Posted 20 February 2013 | (23:00)

The prevalence of obesity in the most deprived 10% of the population is approximately twice that of the least deprived 10%. Is there any wonder?

This week's report on obesity from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges identifies a "food culture in which highly...

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Good Hospital Food Doesn't Sell Papers, it Saves Lives

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2012 | (09:59)

In the last 10 years, no fewer than 20 initiatives have been put in place to improve hospital food. And yet, the bad news stories are still rolling in. Last week's was another to add to the long list of headlines.

Of course, good news rarely turns heads,...

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Cotton Production Puts in Peril the Lives of Millions Around the World, it's About Time More of Our Brands Cottoned On

(1) Comments | Posted 11 October 2012 | (10:40)

The contents of my wardrobe don't change much - you're more likely to find Narnia in there than this season's print or cut of jeans. When I do go clothes shopping, the way the fabric has been produced doesn't influence whether I'll take it home or not.

But having...

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