The third event in the 2017 Food Talks series is MONEY: How can we imagine money working better for our food system? and takes place on Thursday 19th October 2017 (6.30-8.45pm) at the Impact Hub King’s Cross. Flows of financial capital dictate many of the activities in our food systems, but money does not always work for ‘good’. What might replace traditional models of financing food in the future. How can we make money work for better outcomes in our food and farming? Key questions we will explore include:
- What does ‘good use of money’ look like in the food system?
- How can food & farming businesses with a social or environmental purpose raise capital to fund their growth?
- How can we imagine money working better to accelerate the shift to a healthy, fair, sustainable food system?
Our speakers for this event are Rebecca Pritchard (Head of Business Banking at Triodos Bank, a pioneer in ethical banking) and Ben Pugh (Founder of Farmdrop, the online food delivery company who recently raised £7m in Series A funding, having previously successfully crowdfunded). 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. Please join us!
Our Food Talks series is brought to you by the Food Ethics Council in partnership with Impact Hub Kings Cross, Organico,Think.Eat.Drink and London Food Link, part of Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming.
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5th Dec 2017 – POWER: Is the future of our food in too few hands?
The first event in the 2017 Food Talks series was WORKERS: Who’s going to make our food in the future? and took place on 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 explored included:
- 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 were 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 was chaired by Dan Crossley, Executive Director of the Food Ethics Council.
The second event in the 2017 Food Talks series was WELLBEING: How can we eat and live well in the future? and took place on Thursday 29th June 2017 (6.30-8.45pm) at the Impact Hub King’s Cross.
What we eat – and how much we eat and who we eat with - affects how we feel. Our lifestyles - including eating patterns - affect our physical and mental health and wellbeing. Increasingly sedentary lifestyles together with poor diets and (often) overeating, have contributed to worrying levels of obesity in the UK and many other countries around the world. How can the obesity tide be turned? Key questions explored included:
- How can active, healthy lifestyles and good food choices be encouraged or incentivised – particularly amongst the young?
- How can eating and living well prevent early onset of many physical and mental health conditions?
- How can we imagine better food and active lifestyles in the future?
Our speakers for this event were Jane Ogden (Professor in Health Psychology, University of Surrey and highly regarded author of several books) and Joanna Lewis (Strategy and Policy Director, Food for Life - at the Soil Association). The discussion was chaired by Dan Crossley, Executive Director of the Food Ethics Council.