Inside Government presentation: Background details & info sources

This blogpost gives detailed info associated with my presentation to the Inside Government event Working towards global food security in London on 26th April 2018. Continue reading




Food system dynamics: Part I — Follow the money . . . but it isn’t here

Last Saturday (31st March), I woke to the sound of Simon Beckett’s voice, he of Beckett’s Farm in Wythall. He was talking on Radio 4’s Farming Today. Continue reading


Birmingham as a laboratory & the Community Choices programme

This blogpost is further update from my blogpost last August on  how this city is and can contribute to global food resilience and sustainability through our Community Choices Action Research programme.  Continue reading


Archetypal households project: A data research & writing commission

We’re creating a series of 10-12 archetypal Birmingham households to illustrate food and drink purchasing and consumption behaviours across different demographic groups.

The first stage, which is nearly completed, is a survey of relevant data sets:

And because there’s evidence the Millennial generation, in the States at least, are making different choices than earlier generations:

note: Re the US data, there is also:

The second stage will be to create 10-12 households. Think of them like the sketches of different households you see in the media after the Chancellor’s budget, there to illustrate the effects of it on different demographic and social groups.

We hope to have these completed by the end of the summer. (What summer, I hear you ask on this chill, grey April day . . . )

The third stage will be to devise some form of ‘narrativium’ which will interweave these different characters we’ve devised into an arts production. We have little idea of what and the how of this, perhaps a series of stories, perhaps a piece of theatre, perhaps . . .



Nutrition and public health

Food poverty, food insecurity

Food safety and integrity

Urban food growing

Food and the city economy

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