Category - People
The story I have to tell dates from 1998. I was staying in Pretoria, delivering the Innovation Strategy module for WMG, part of their MSc in Engineering Management. For reasons I can’t remember, we, the thirty or so delegates and myself, the module tutor, had to get to a conference centre, half an hour’s drive away up in the high veldt.
I was given a lift by one of the kitchen staff at the DB&B place I was staying. She was but a lass, a poorly-educated Afrikaans girl in her late teens. Of course we chatted on our daily journeys there and back. It was evidently hard being an Afrikaans in South Africa at the time. Not hard in the stone-breaking, TB-infected, prison-cell-for-decades kind of way. But hard nonetheless.
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The wiggly red lines on the big screen (left) are the workings of a highly trained, very experienced medical man. Jim Parle, Professor of Primary Care at Birmingham Medical School.
His head is in the MEG scanner at Aston University, and there’s a video stream of the experiment on the smaller screen.
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How will we, on the same amount of agricultural land we now use, to grow enough food for 9 billion people by 2050 — and in a way that’s sustainable?
Here is Sainbury’s Judith Batchelor talking on the subject.
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Leaving food aside for the moment, what will the city of Birmingham be like in 2050? What if there is no public transport? What if lorries can’t enter the city? Life would be more localised.
Birmingham’s Big City Plan runs until 2050 and envisages expansion. How will housing expansion be handled? Housing will be built in those areas with least lines of resistance.
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This is the third Food Forum event – a dozen of the finest minds in the West Midlands joining to talk about food futures for Birmingham in 2050.
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For the third Forum event, a dozen of the finest minds in the West Midlands are joining to talk about food futures for Birmingham in 2050 — on Thursday 1st March from 6pm to around 9pm (twitter #TNOfood).
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Warwick Crop Centre scientist Rob Lillywhite, who’s taking part in the New Optimists Forum on Thursday 1st March, was interviewed on this week’s Radio 4 programme Farming Today — you’ve got another seven days to listen to it on iPlayer here.
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What will Brummies be eating in 2050? There’s food a-plenty in the city now. However, a significant proportion of us eat highly processed, high calorie crud.
So how much of a problem is food poverty in the city today? What are the factors that could redress things? And what might make matters worse?
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On 9th February between 6pm and around 9pm, these people (from left to right: Jim Parle, Lucy Bastin, Nick Booth, Farida Vis, Sandy Taylor and Parveen Mehta) will be discussing food poverty in Birmingham, the factors and events could worsen or ameliorate the situation towards 2050.
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Clare Devereux of Food Matters from Brighton & Hove was the third and final speaker at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology yesterday (6th Dec). Here’s a summary of what she said:
Although the south east city of Brighton & Hove might appear affluent, in fact it isn’t. It falls within the bottom 25% of deprived areas in the UK, 25% of their kids come from low income families, wages are below the national average, and there’s lower than national average in various health stats, including mental health.
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