The Birmingham Food Council

Above is the presentation I’m giving this evening.

It is at the Sustainability Forum in the Council House. Just over a year ago, I gave a presentation: What it takes to feed the city, based on the scenarios project. I mooted then the idea of a Food Council.

Birmingham Public Health took up the idea. They asked Roger Harmer to draw up a Food Charter, which he’ll be talking about tonight.

Using Roger’s work as a basis, I’ve been talking to people over the summer about the Food Council governance, structure, terms of reference. This evening’s Sustainability Forum is an opportunity for people to hear about and comment on the work so far.

This is a very, very exciting development for Birmingham. I feel deeply privileged to have been asked to chair it.

6 responses to “The Birmingham Food Council”

  1. […] can read tweets about the event from @newoptimists and @BhamFoodCouncil. And you can read Kate Cooper’s presentation about Birmingham Food Council here. Post tagged as birmingham, Birmingham Food Council, Birmingham Sustainability Forum, […]

  2. […] What follows is the substance of my presentation to go along with the slides which we published on the night here. […]

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  4. Steve Gwynne says:

    How can I join the Birmingham Food Council. I have 4 years experience of growing local organic fruit and vegetables for myself and to sell. My customers are and have been two social eateries, one market outlet and around ten individuals. My plan for the future is to develop a community farm as a community interest company with the possibly of it developing into a cooperative. This community farm will be located in the Moseley/Balsall Heath area.


  5. Kate Cooper says:

    We’re setting up the Birmingham Food Council as a legal entity, a CIC. We anticipate this will be in mid-January, and a website will soon follow with info about it all. There will also be info @BhamFoodCouncil.

    As you might imagine there are many people who’d like to contribute, and we’ve already received many a nomination!

    We’re thinking hard about the best way to include everyone who wants to contribute. Apologies for the time it’s taking; the whole set up is not an easy task to get right. I’m glad to report, though, that lots of hard graft has happened over the last few months, albeit in the background, and things are now about to flower.

    Mid to late January — look out for it!

  6. […] Cooper, incoming chair of the Birmingham Food Council, will be chairing the […]

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