Posts by Kate Cooper

Save 30% off your food bill, pay less tax . . . be healthier!

scrabble-chocolateIf the average person spends 30% less on their household food bill, they’ll save money — and pay less tax and be a lot healthier.

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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Food crime musical: Live audience of 2.5K & #StopFoodCrime trending #3

THTF adding the danceWhile 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.

Over 2.5K people stopped to watch our live show. We know, we counted ’em! And a very appreciative audience they were too.

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#StopFoodCrime . . . Food Crime: The Musical! . . . 14th May . . .

FoodCrime_TheMusicalMidday or 2:30pm on 14th May outside St Martin’s in the Bull Ring is a date for your diary.

Two public performances of Food Crime: The Musical! right slap bang in Birmingham city centre.

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Global food security: Shifting through the crap, crud and crucial

paulbradshaw_amsterdamPaul 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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Sustainable Food for Cities? It’s a numbers game, not community food growing game

Lincolnshire_croppedWe’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.

The Sustainable Food Cities Conference I went to in Bristol last week was a stark contrast to the Warwick gathering. 

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Narrativium III: A theatrical song cycle on food crime

SaraColmanYes, Narrativium III is off the mark! We have enough funding to begin this brilliant project to devise and perform a theatrical song cycle on food crime.

Singer and composer Sara Colman will be the creative drive behind it all, ably assisted by our literary advisor, novelist Mez Packer who, in an earlier life, toured Europe as a jazz singer.

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Narrativium IV: A geography of Birmingham in 100 meals

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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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Warwick Climate Forum #WCF15

WarwickClimateForum2015The 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.

“Humans have never lived in such a CO2 atmosphere.” 

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The Narrativium Project – what happened & what next?

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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 . . .

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