All posts by Kate Cooper

For every £1 spent on food & drink in Birmingham, it costs the city £0.90

Few realise just how much the dietary effects of the food and drink sector cost us here in Birmingham, as in every city across the UK. Continue reading

Five levers on our food system

Birmingham spends some £3.4bn every year on food and drink, yet the cost of obesity to the city has been estimated to be £2.6bn, with a further £448M being spent here on dealing with alcohol related harm. Continue reading

Our food system as a ‘black box’

Imagine the food system is a black box. You can’t see what’s going in, nor see inside it. But emerging from it are all the food and drinks bought by all of us in Birmingham today.

On the outside are a few dials and levers. You play around with ’em.
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Why we need to think differently about our food supply network

Our food supply network is a complex system. And therefore has certain features which we need to take into account when we think about it, or seek to change it. Continue reading

Birmingham: Food futures for us — and for everyone else

Radical changes in our diet could be a major part of us meeting the huge global food security challenges we’re facing.

Yet what the heck is any one of us meant to do? Continue reading

Our economic priority: The huge & growing food & drink sector

Our Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) asked us to respond to their draft Strategic Economic Plan 2016-2030.

So we did, and you can read what we said here. 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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