Yesterday I gave this presentation Global food resilience & sustainability: The role Birmingham can play to the Birmingham Smart Alliance.
During an eight-month project from March-October 2015 funded by Barrow Cadbury, we asked: Is it possible to have an effective city-level response to the drivers of emergency food aid? (The answer is yes.) And, if so, what does it look like?
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.
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.
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.
My starter-for-ten for the discussion on climate change and food security tonight for the modern-day Lunar Society is that we need to find qualitatively different kinds of questions on the matter.
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.
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.
21:15 Just a couple of final posts to round off the evening. Thank you for being with us online. It’s been a great event.
We’ve been really lucky to have some keen social media users at the event this evening. We’ve captured a few of their tweets below. [View the story “Food futures” on Storify]