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Organic food, global food security & what the heck should we do?

Feeding the world’s population presents hard intellectual challenges, starkly illustrated in the issues around organic produce.

We need intensify agricultural practice in order to feed the nine or ten billion people that will, barring catastrophe or cataclysm of some kind, be alive in 2050.

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The readiness is all: What it takes to feed a city

The second of the Birmingham Scenarios Reports, The readiness is all: What it takes to feed a city is published today.

Earlier drafts were commented on by the UK’s Global Food Security Champion, Professor Tim Benton and several New Optimists scientists: Professor Vicky Buchanan-WollastonDr Rosemary CollierProfessor Laura GreenDr Rob Lillywhite and Professor David Pink — and we’re very grateful to them for their really helpful contributions.

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TNO Forum latest update published

There’s been some great stuff happening over the last couple of months, all reported in the January Forum update.

The image here is a montage of stills created from the filming of the 1st December workshop at Birmingham Leadership Foundation.

This was a thrilling beginning to create “narrativium” to populate the scenarios. We’re now writing an Arts Council bid to continue this work.

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TNO Response to the Birmingham Development Plan 2031

We’ve responded today to the draft Birmingham Development Plan 2031 — the deadline is Monday (14th January), and published a copy of it here.

The final version of the Development Plan is a hugely influential document, setting out the strategic objectives for planning permissions in the city over the next 25 years. Sure, revised every five years, but nonetheless hugely influential.

If you make a submission to this draft Plan 2031, the City Council has to respond.

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Narrativium for the Birmingham 2050 scenarios

With the wealth of info from all the Forum’s 2012 activities, we’ve created  this “54-matrix”  to generate ‘narrativium, multi-media stories of possible food futures for Birmingham 2050.

This 54-matrix shows glimpses of possible futures — and here’s how to ‘read’ it:

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“It’s 2050 in Birmingham. Are we happy and well?” #TNOfood

Creating Stories From the Future: Food Scenarios for Birmingham 2050

Creating Stories From the Future: Food Scenarios for Birmingham 2050

A dozen participants in the Creating Stories From the Future workshop at Birmingham Leadership Foundation introduce themselves to each other in small groups – but introducing themselves to each other as their 2050 self. Fast-forwarding 38 years, they’re talking about what their future self is doing and what they’re eating.

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#TNOfood: Creating stories from the future: food futures for Birmingham 2050

There will be 20+ young citizens, the next generation of decision-makers tomorrow at the Birmingham Leadesrhip Foundation. They’re generating multimedia stories from the future — if you want to join in, there’s still time for a few more to register here.

It will be huge fun. Important too. And this is the plan for the day:

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What it takes to feed Birmingham

Here is my presentation on what it takes to feed Birmingham, a city of 1M people:


Workshop: What possible futures are there for Birmingham?

If you want to help shape Birmingham’s future, come along to this facilitated workshop on 1st December, co-hosted with the Birmingham Leadership Foundation.

You’ll be joining lively young Brummies, including a theatre guy, a musician and composer, a film-maker, a novelist and on-line author  . . . to list just a few.

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A scenario: Economic decline, high food and energy prices

By 2050 it looks highly probable there will be 9 billion people on the planet, over 20% of whom will be over 60 years old.

There will 70 million people in the UK, 26M of whom will over 60; i.e. born in or after 1990. Only 13M will be children.

Imagine a scenario for 2050 in which the UK is in economic decline, and Birmingham relatively weak compared to other UK cities. Plus there are high global food prices and high global energy prices. 

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