Global food security

Although Birmingham can do next to nowt about global food security in terms of food production, we citizens still have a significant role to play as consumers, and our Council in setting up infrastructures that promote certain kinds of behaviour.

As consumers, our contribution is to buy less, eat less and waste less. As citizens, we can support and encourage research into global food security, and encourage infrastructures that enable all of us to do the best we can to mitigate against famine, hunger and malnutrition.

Below are our blogposts about global food security. See also useful info on the topic here.

Community Choices: Changing diets, changing landscapes

Posted on 26th August 2017 by Kate Cooper

This blogpost is an update on our thinking and conversations about how this city could contribute to global food resilience and sustainability. 

The rapidly increasing global food trade

Posted on 24th July 2017 by Kate Cooper

If you click on the image below, you’ll get to see a 50-second BBC film giving some fascinating (and more than a tad worrying) stats about the global food trade:

Why & how Birmingham can contribute to global food resilience & sustainability

Posted on 6th April 2017 by Kate Cooper

Yesterday I gave this presentation Global food resilience & sustainability: The role Birmingham can play to the Birmingham Smart Alliance.

VAT: A really useful point of sale metric

Posted on 30th March 2017 by Kate Cooper

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.

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

Posted on 30th March 2017 by Kate Cooper

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.

Five levers on our food system

Posted on 6th March 2017 by Kate Cooper

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.

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