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IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD…
It was back in spring, 2015, when Kate Cooper asked if I’d like to be involved in a “mad food crime opera”. The challenge, she said, was to turn facts about food crime into an entertaining and accessible story. I was dubious, I mean what was food crime? But Kate’s passion about raising awareness about food adulteration and food fraud was infectious, and I was hooked.
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Why a Musical?
musical (noun): a stage, television or film production utilizing popular-style songs – dialogue optional – to tell a story
Blog Post By Sara Colman
I’ve had a secret love of musicals since I was a kid. Instead of doing my overdue homework, Fred and Ginger would fuel my procrastination by singing and dancing their way through my Sunday afternoons.
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Who’s who in the team?
By Kate Cooper
Continue reading “The #StopFoodCrime THTF team – part one – Creatives”
Continue reading “Time to make a song and dance and #StopFoodCrime”
What is Food Crime?
By Kate Cooper
The first time I ever heard the phrase ‘food crime’ was from Professor Chris Elliott. He’d been commissioned by the Government to investigate our food supply network after the ‘Horsegate’ scandal, and he’d asked to see me because of The New Optimists work with scientists.
Continue reading “Birmingham helping lead the way in tackling food crime.”
A musical about food crime? …of all things!
Continue reading “Pan narrans? . . . are we the storytelling ape?”
Continue reading “#StopFoodCrime . . . Food Crime: The Musical! . . . 14th May . . .”
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”