We’re seeking responses to our interim report, a discussion document on Food & the city economy before the end of January — please comment below.
There are clear tensions between the political desire to attract investment to the local food industry through initiatives such as the Food Hub zone and to support local businesses and the health and social issues caused by obesity and increasing levels of food poverty and poor enforcement of food standards in Birmingham.
We give examples (on page 3) of some of these tensions — there are no doubt more.
Please do respond to our request for comments before the end of January.
What’s missing? What are the issues for our strategic decision-makers? What would you like to be brought to the fore in our final report?
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Background: We commissioned Nick Hughes to carry out research on the matter, as reported last September. This discussion document is a collation of the information Nick gathered, along with pointers as to issues, challenges and tensions it presents for future strategic decision-making .
His work shows the food sector is a diverse one that is very important, if not integral, to the economic fortunes of the city.
He has also pointed out that the importance of food cannot simply be measured in monetary terms. Its social significance cannot be over-stated, neither indeed can the longer-term economic impact.
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