The first event in the 2017 Food Talks series is WORKERS: Who’s going to make our food in the future? and takes placeon Thursday 30th March 2017 (6.30-9pm) at the Impact Hub King’s Cross.
Many hands go into making our food – and those hands are not always looked after. At issue is not just a capacity question of who will grow and make our food, but an ethical question of how they will be treated. Brexit puts the issue in sharp perspective, particularly in relation to migrant labour. Key questions we will explore include:
- How will we get people with the right skills to make our food in the future? What can be done to skill up people? How can we make the farming, food, fishing and catering sectors exciting and attractive places to be?
- How can we ensure workers are treated fairly? How do we ensure fair pay and treatment of workers without making food exorbitantly expensive for people to buy?
- How can we imagine better for today’s (and tomorrow’s) food workers…?
Our speakers for this event are Donald Hirsch (Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University – expert on social policy and what people need for an acceptable standard of living) and Vicki Hird (Sustainable Farm Campaign Coordinator at Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming and leading expert on food and farming issues). The discussion will be chaired by Dan Crossley, Executive Director of the Food Ethics Council.
Our two expert speakers will present, followed by a Q&A session, then a delicious and free buffet meal (kindly sponsored by Think.Eat.Drink and Organico). The idea of our Food Talks series is to stimulate debate and constructive thinking about the issues that surround the world of food.
Next Food Talks
29th June 2017 – HEALTH: How are we going to eat and live well in the future?
19th Oct 2017 – MONEY: How can we imagine money working better for our food system?
5th Dec 2017 – POWER: Is the future of our food in too few hands?