Haven’t you got eyes in your head and a nose on your face? I ask them when they’re about to bin edible food. A glance and a sniff . . . ‘I’ll eat it!” I say with the exasperation in my voice matching their disdain for my choice. Continue reading
Should we be concerned about food outlets near schools… or not? Continue reading
Last September, we commissioned Su Balu to undertake research into food waste and the city. She reported to the Board in December, and her work is now published as an interim report:
What we’re doing now is seeking comments from interested parties. We’ll take on board what they say and publish a final report in late March or early April.
So do please respond, either by commenting below or, if you’d prefer private communication with us, email us at info [at] birminghamfoodcouncil.org
Last September we commissioned five research projects. All are progressing well. We’re delighted to say that we have two reports based on work to date:
Food & the city economy by Nick Hughes. This is a collation of the information Nick gathered, along with pointers as to issues, challenges and tensions it presents for future strategic decision-making .
Both projects raised more questions, so we’re seeking comments from experts — and if you’d like to respond to these interim reports, please do so. We plan to publish final reports in late March or early April.
We’re seeking responses to our interim report, a discussion document on Food & the city economy before the end of January — please comment below.
There are clear tensions between the political desire to attract investment to the local food industry through initiatives such as the Food Hub zone and to support local businesses and the health and social issues caused by obesity and increasing levels of food poverty and poor enforcement of food standards in Birmingham.
We give examples (on page 3) of some of these tensions — there are no doubt more.
Please do respond to our request for comments before the end of January.
What’s missing? What are the issues for our strategic decision-makers? What would you like to be brought to the fore in our final report?
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Background: We commissioned Nick Hughes to carry out research on the matter, as reported last September. This discussion document is a collation of the information Nick gathered, along with pointers as to issues, challenges and tensions it presents for future strategic decision-making .
His work shows the food sector is a diverse one that is very important, if not integral, to the economic fortunes of the city.
He has also pointed out that the importance of food cannot simply be measured in monetary terms. Its social significance cannot be over-stated, neither indeed can the longer-term economic impact.
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If you’d rather make your point out of the public gaze, email us on info [at] birminghamfoodcouncil.org