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The participants came up with ideas and scenarios in small groups which they recorded on tablecloths. They then presented the ideas to the rest of the group, using a range of approaches and media.
These different forms included a drama piece which segued from a food-related criminal investigation in a police station to a family scene which imagined a period of rationing, covering ideas such as animal and even humans being eaten as a source of food in the future.
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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.
Continue reading ““It’s 2050 in Birmingham. Are we happy and well?” #TNOfood”
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)
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Clare Devereux is Policy Director at Food Matters in Brighton, “a not-for-profit national food policy and advocacy organisation working to create sustainable and fair food systems.”
Here are notes paraphrased from Clare’s presentation at the New Optimists Food Forum with Birmingham Sustainability Forum, 10th September 2012.
Brighton & Hove – a sustainable food city?
Brighton isn’t the “London by the sea” – it’s a more diverse, economically, community than many people think.
Continue reading “Clare Devereux: What is a sustainable city?”
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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There’s pleasure in working with scientists.
Caroline Hutton runs Martineau Gardens in Edgbaston:
Our mission is to inspire people about the natural environment. We also provide volunteering opportunities in the garden and are a venue for educational activities.
Martineau Gardens is the registered charity that manages the gardens and wildlife area. We are a Community Garden, a Social Enterprise and a Visitor Attraction.
In the video above she talks about how far we can expect self grown food to feed Birmingham.
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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If we’re to have community based food economies do we need more clearly defined communities in out cities? Professor Ruth Reed
Professor Ruth Reed had been involved in a table discussion about local food economies – which might include a whole range of carbon incentives and local energy produced from local waste. But here she argues that if we want this to be part of how we feed Birmingham into 2050 then we should do something now about defining urban communities in a more concrete way — perhaps urban parish council – or more formalised neighbourhood forums – which of course fits with the localism bill and neighbourhood planning).
Ruth teaches architectural practice at Birmingham City University and was the first woman President of RIBA.
This was a free-flowing debate and points are paraphrased rather than quotations:
Chris Brewster – we should consider the fundamental underpinning, and that’s the reliance on petrol.
Ruth Reed – is the key about whether we have economic mass-transportation.
David Pink – it’s a dichotomy—economies of scale—small can do things (like crops localised for local conditions) and big can do things. Assumptions that local is more sustainable isn’t necessarily true.
Laura Green — in abattoirs there’s a snobbery that ‘small is beautiful’ but conditions are better in the large EU certified ones. You could have a very large set up in Birmingham.
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Professor Alister Scott, Professor of Spatial Planning and Governance at Birmingham City University, started a discussion on table 2, asking:
“Do we see any fundamental change to the agricultural system by 2050?”
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