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Linda Hindle‘s presentation at the Birmingham Sustainability Forum was about tackling childhood obesity – incredibly, one in four children in Birmingham are obese by the time they leave primary school.
- making sure Birmingham’s environment encourages participation in physical activity and enjoyment of healthy food
- changing behaviour so that children make the choice to be more active and eat healthy foods
- Birmingham families should have access to local opportunities for physical activity and healthy food
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Adrian Morley gave a presentation at the Birmingham Sustainability Forum about the Food-Smart City Project. You can read the full presentation above – in it, Adrian talks about what a food-smart city is and the goals of the project. It aims to forge relationships between West Midlands universities in support of “economic, social and cultural well-being.”
The presentation covers a lot of interesting points, including the key considerations and aims which factored into its development. But the priorities are particularly worth noting:
- teach children where food comes from, how to grow/cook food, and what healthy diet consists of
- make sure every adult can cook a healthy meal which is quick, low-cost and tasty
- tackle barriers to healthy eating especially for people on low incomes
- halt childhood obesity
- radically reduce food waste
- encourage participation in individual and community growing projects
- ensure institutions and businesses serve healthy food to staff and customers
- encourage entrepreneurs to get involved in the local food industry
Continue reading “Roger Harmer on the development of a Birmingham Food Charter, at Birmingham Sustainability Forum”
We’ve finished the presentations and broken out into table discussions to talk about the issues mentioned by each of the four speakers:
- Roger Harmer, who drew up the Birmingham Food Charter
- Kate Cooper, chair of the Birmingham Food Council
- Adrian Morley from the Food-Smart City project
- Linda Hindle, Birmingham Public Health Consultant Dietician
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We’ve finished the presentations and broken out into tables discussing the following five themes:
- Securing Birmingham’s food future supply
- Empowered and resilient communities
- A thriving local economy
- Health, well being and learning skills
- Environmental sustainability (reduced eco-footprint)
Continue reading “TNOfood 10th September 2012 table discussion questions”
Jayne Bradley from Edible Eastside spoke tonight at the Birmingham Sustainability Forum. Here are notes paraphrased from Jayne’s presentation.
Edible Eastside’s key focus:
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Kate Cooper opened the presentations this evening (here are Kate’s slides).
After looking at the viability of growing food locally – and the resources this would actually require – including some mythbusting about what food security actually is, Kate summarised with a slide asking
“What should Birmingham do?”
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The group are now doing a quick and rough rating of factors (pdf) to create two lists.
On a scale from 1-10 factors the group are rating factors that are important and predictable (ie they need to feature in all the scenarios we draw up). For example, population size, both globally and locally, is an important and predictable factor.
The group is also rating factors on a scale of 1-10 that are important but unpredictable (ie a variable factor). Low or high food prices is an important but unpredictable factor.