Why aren’t we tackling the potentially catastrophic threats to our food system? Continue reading
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:
- Birmingham City Council demographic census data which is here.
- The National Diet and Nutrition Survey
And because there’s evidence the Millennial generation, in the States at least, are making different choices than earlier generations:
- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service report Food purchase decisions of Millennial households compared to other generations (Dec 2017)
- in the context of this blogpost by NatCen, about the NDNS and teenager diet: http://natcen.ac.uk/blog/
discovering-diet-and- exploring-eating-with-uk- teenagers
note: Re the US data, there is also:
- Eve Turow Paul’s presentation on the topic at the Oxford Farming Conference 2018:
- And this blogpost by her: Generation Yum
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 . . .
Taxation is really interesting. Oh yes it is.
In 1940, Britain was at war. The British Isles surrounded by water. Dependant on imports that couldn’t get through. Shortages everywhere. Continue reading
Parveen Mehta of Minor Weir and Willis talks in this brief video interview about the global competition for food.
Our horizon scanning project identified five areas of opportunity for business, including local ones here in Birmingham. They are: Continue reading
What’s stopping humanity tackling the threats we’re facing?
The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health asked just this question. Continue reading