Posts by Kate Cooper
Here’s the how and why of it:
Most of the food we buy is VAT-exempt; i.e. we don’t pay tax on it. But some ‘food’ products do carry VAT, including confectionary, most drinks including booze, biscuits and savoury snacks such as crisps . . .
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While The Hand That Feeds, the food crime musical outside St Martin in the Bullring on Saturday 14th May was buzzing a great audience, our hashtag #StopFoodCrime was trending third in the UK.
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Paul Bradshaw asked me to advise a postgrad journalism student with his chosen topic, global food security. Getting my head round that was a great exercise in shifting through the crap, the crud and the crucial.
The crucial: Stuff from Achim Dobermann et al at the Warwick Climate Change Forum 2015, from the Warwick GRP Food programme (incl John Ingram and Molly Jahn’s stuff here) — plus info in What it takes to feed the city (pp 15-26).
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We’re facing urgent challenges with regard to sustainable food supplies, the stuff people were talking about at the Warwick Climate Forum earlier in the month.
Continue reading “Sustainable Food for Cities? It’s a numbers game, not community food growing game”
Continue reading “Narrativium III: A theatrical song cycle on food crime”
Based on Jim Parle’s memorable remark during the Birmingham 2050 Scenarios Project, eating is social glue, we decided to bring together people from across the city to share each other’s company over food.
So we’re carrying out a pilot for an exciting project: A geography of Birmingham in 100 meals.
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The content of last Saturday’s Warwick Climate Forum was both life-affirming and deeply worrying. Students had brought together an impressive array of speakers from various disciplines — physics, marine ecology, soil sciences, economics, law. A consistent theme throughout was the importance of evidence to underpin decisions. And that we haven’t time; we need transformational change in this generation.
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Eight people, including myself, sat around my kitchen table last Monday evening. Before we began to eat the curries and rice I’d prepared, we talked about our Arts Council project they’d been involved in, the show at the MAC they’d created . . . and what possibilities it has all generated . . .
Continue reading “The Narrativium Project – what happened & what next?”