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We’ve finished the presentations and broken out into tables discussing the following five themes:
- Securing Birmingham’s food future supply
- Empowered and resilient communities
- A thriving local economy
- Health, well being and learning skills
- Environmental sustainability (reduced eco-footprint)
Continue reading “TNOfood 10th September 2012 table discussion questions”
Clare Devereux is Policy Director at Food Matters in Brighton, “a not-for-profit national food policy and advocacy organisation working to create sustainable and fair food systems.”
Here are notes paraphrased from Clare’s presentation at the New Optimists Food Forum with Birmingham Sustainability Forum, 10th September 2012.
Brighton & Hove – a sustainable food city?
Brighton isn’t the “London by the sea” – it’s a more diverse, economically, community than many people think.
Continue reading “Clare Devereux: What is a sustainable city?”
Jayne Bradley from Edible Eastside spoke tonight at the Birmingham Sustainability Forum. Here are notes paraphrased from Jayne’s presentation.
Edible Eastside’s key focus:
Continue reading “Jayne Bradley: Edible Eastside”
Kate Cooper opened the presentations this evening (here are Kate’s slides).
After looking at the viability of growing food locally – and the resources this would actually require – including some mythbusting about what food security actually is, Kate summarised with a slide asking
“What should Birmingham do?”
Continue reading “Kate Cooper: Feeding the City – What should Birmingham do?”
Cllr James McKay is Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, responsible for creating an environment and sustainable infrastructure where people and businesses can flourish.
Cllr James McKay gaves his apologies for not attending tonight’s forum.
Continue reading “Introduction by Councillor James McKay”
These notes are paraphrased from the summing up discussion.
One person said:
It takes so long to build the physical infrastructure of our cities (some of it is Victorian, such as the sewers).
There is so much inertia in the system that you couldn’t actually restructure Birmingham that radically by 2050. You could have more influence on what comes into and what goes out of Birmingham.
Continue reading “#TNOfood Looking at a city’s infrastructure differently”
Early notes from the factor analysis at New Optimists Food Forum at University of Warwick. These are the factors affecting food supply in Birmingham in 2050 which the group rated high for importance (closer to 10) and low for predictability (closer to 1).
Continue reading “#TNOfood What are the most important factors that are also unpredictable?”
The group are now doing a quick and rough rating of factors (pdf) to create two lists.
On a scale from 1-10 factors the group are rating factors that are important and predictable (ie they need to feature in all the scenarios we draw up). For example, population size, both globally and locally, is an important and predictable factor.
The group is also rating factors on a scale of 1-10 that are important but unpredictable (ie a variable factor). Low or high food prices is an important but unpredictable factor.
Kate Cooper is explaining how the New Optimists project started, the big economic, environmental and social challenges facing the world – and how this relates to food supply for the city of Birmingham in 2050.
Continue reading “Kate Cooper’s slides at #TNOfood 23 May 2012″