Tag - Jim Parle
How can we explain its impact? Indeed, how can we assess its impact and value to our society?
These matters are explored in One touch of nature: The value of urban agriculture, one of the Birmingham 2050 Scenarios series.
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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.
Continue reading “What’s going on in your GP’s brain?”
Continue reading “Growing Birmingham — the Forum’s first spin-off”
We’ve completed the first, divergent phase of the scenarios we’ve generating about food futures for Birmingham 2050; i.e. what we’ll be eating in here in forty-odd years’ time.
Continue reading “Semantic web, distributed energy, Growing Birmingham . . .”
The outputs (recordings, transcripts from the conversations, blogposts, interviews, tweets) from these events are analysed under the guidance of Warwick Business School, and will be posted soon.
Meanwhile, here’s a one-pager summary of the impact of the New Optimists Forum: NewOptimistsForum-27thFeb2012.
Top of our impact list is that food and food issues are rising smartly up the agenda in the city. Indeed, there are more than a few intimations that food security will be part of Birmingham’s long-term strategic planning.
Continue reading “New Optimists Forum: What’s happened so far”
Peter Latchford asked for responses to They Moved Like Fish, his intriguingly entitled, insightful interim report how Birmingham City Council responded to the riots of August 2011, commissioned by Council itself. The full report, with recommendations for action will be made in March 2012.
What could the New Optimists contribute? I’ve written a draft response to it: They Moved Like Fish-Draft Response by KateCooper — your comments please!
Continue reading “A response to “They Moved Like Fish: The Birmingham Riots of August 2011″”
- GM foods – there is a mis-education around the implications of GM foods because we wouldn’t really know the impact until 20 years into the scheme.
- If there was a choice between no food or GM food people would go for GM food
- We have a luxury in this country that we have a choice about GM food so is it our responsibility to test it out to find out what the effects are before we have no choice.
- Fridges and freezers changed the way we store food.
Continue reading “What choices technology and planning give us with supply and consumption of food. #TNOfood”
Is the way food is supplied to us the problem with out market or is the way consumers shop the issue?
- If we take over the food market what would that look like to for supplies?
- Supermarkets play a huge part in making food safe – they have to protect their brand.
- If we kill off food miles by growing all our own food will kill off economies in other countries and negate the changes we’ve made for the world.
- Could we kill off our own market place by making it too hard for companies to import food with tough quality standards about the appearance of our food?
Continue reading “Supply and demand: Are we efficient in the way we buy food #TNOfood”
- Are disposable incomes changing the way we eat? Fish and Chip suppers used to be a luxury, now it’s the norm for some.
- Will the gap between those with disposable incomes and those without widening – and will it get wider as food prices rise?
- Have we got a long way to go before we have civil unrest based on the cost of food? It’s already happening in other parts of the world.
- Costs will rise, choices will be limited will this make food boring.
- Education – there is no reason why kids should be taught the basics of cooking.
- As out incomes have risen we’ve marginalised food as a the percentage we need to spend to eat has reduced.
- There’s a link between Fuel Poverty and Food Poverty – if we can insulate and reduce heating costs can we improve diets.
- Fuel shortages result in panic buying and hoarding.
- Distribution of food is deeply linked to fuel supplies
- If fuel supply stopped today we’d have worst case scenario 7 – 14 days before we ran out of supplies.
- We rely more than ever on pre prepared food …
- ….microwaves are a very energy efficient way of cooking but lack of education means people see it as a way to reheat food rather than cook it.
- Sociable eating in foods and the ages we are introduced to food effect our eating habits.
- Supermarkets are noticing a change in peoples shopping habits – value packs, smaller portions.
- Have we gone through a “bonkers” stage with what we eat - do we need 3 full meals a day and why are we obsessed with meat and 2 veg - we used to eat beans on toast and that was a meal.
- Economics of feeding a family play part in demand for cheaper options, we may know the impact of battery hens, food miles but we need to do what’s best for us.
- We live in a democratic country and we have choice, but choice can be influenced through design – if there are 3 sets of stairs and one lift – people will walk – reverse the choices to 3 lifts and one set of stairs people will take the lift. Choice editing.
- Have we been influencing peoples choice in the wrong way towards convenience?
- Could mass unemployment change the way we prepare food as they have more time to learn how to do it?
- But then could they afford to make the right choices for healthy eating?
How accessible is fresh food: Could planning for better communities help people eat healthier? #TNOfood
Jim Parle recapped on the idea of Food Deserts and it started a conversation with Nick Booth, Jayne Bradley, Norman Leet, Parveen Mehta, Kate Cooper, Lucy Bastin, Sandy Taylor and Jim about what else that could actually mean and what factors would contribute?
- Is it caused by lack of accessibility?
- Is is an issue with nutritional education?
- Or is it linked to child / household poverty?
Continue reading “How accessible is fresh food: Could planning for better communities help people eat healthier? #TNOfood”