Sugar tax?

The notion of a sugar tax has undoubtedly had impact. But how feasible is such a tax, and what effect would it have? Lawyer Jessica Burt recently wrote a Guardian article A sugar tax won’t work. And here’s why.

Following on from our second report on food and the city economy Tensions, trade-offs and opportunities, I’ve been thinking about two quantitative aspects of the food and drink sector that could possibly illuminate a route to a working sugar tax. Continue reading


Project to raise food hygiene standards in Birmingham

In collaboration with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Birmingham Environmental Health, we’re several months into a project to raise food hygiene ratings in the city.

We’ve begun by targeting care homes, schools and nurseries — and I’m delighted to report, we’ve had several successes! Continue reading


Mapping project

We’re exploring the possibility of a ‘mapping’ project about the market within the food sector generated by the population of Birmingham and the West Midlands conurbation — and what proportion of that market demand could be met by agricultural production in the surrounding shires. Continue reading


Nutrition and public health

Food poverty, food insecurity

Food safety and integrity

Urban food growing

Food and the city economy

Global food security

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