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]
The first 1,000 days are the most important in your life, the meeting heard. Nutrition for pregnant women is the first important step to better food. But after that it’s the role of children that kept emerging as potential solutions. Children need to learn cookery skills. But they don’t need to be lured into takeaways […]
Environmental Health Officers can close businesses if they feel there is an imminent risk to health. Scores on the doors is a powerful system. Consumers have a lot of confidence in a 5-star rating, though they should be aware that the rating was at a point in time. Environmental Health Officers may inspect a business […]
Food prices in the UK will rise in the New Year, a food industry expert says. Food manufacturers have hedged against price increases post-Brexit but the increases are likely to come into effect in the New Year. The message was delivered by Jon Miller from JLT Speciality who is part of an international team which […]
The Uk is roughly 60% self sufficient in food. Global volatility is a big issue, farmers are producing for a global larder. A drought in Australia can make food prices in the UK go through the roof. Geopolitical effects like the EU relations with Russia have affected the price of milk. At the NFU the […]
Food security is not an abstract issue it poses risks, an eminent food researcher says. John Crawford from Rothamstead, the world’s leading agricultural research centre says that a series of problems are posed to the world by people not being able to source food. The issue is consistently in the top five of issues, he […]